Serving areas of Bellevue, Newcastle, and Medina WA
As many as half of the adults in America have gum disease – also known as periodontitis. This disease is the number one cause of tooth loss among those 30 years of age and over, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even if you brush your teeth daily, you still could be at risk for this devastating oral condition. Without proper treatment, gum disease worsens. Bellevue periodontists at Spektor Dental want to share with you three reasons why you should get your gum disease treated before Christmas.
It opens the doors to other dental problems
Gum disease starts because bacteria and plaque remain on your teeth and around your gums for too long. This is why it is vital to brush twice a day (three times if possible), floss daily, and get your teeth cleaned at the dentist’s office a least twice a year. Even if you are an excellent tooth brusher, you still accumulate a certain level of plaque buildup, which is the building block of gum disease. If ignored, the harmful bacteria begin to fester in the gums, creating pockets that cannot be cleaned without dental cleanings and good oral hygiene at home. Foul-smelling breath, cavities, receding gums, loose teeth, and even teeth that need to be extracted are all signs of progressing gum disease.
It affects your overall health
Your oral health is intricately linked to your overall health.
In recent years, scientists and physicians have documented proof that untreated gum disease increases one’s risk of various other health conditions such as:
- Heart disease
- Memory loss
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Certain types of cancer
- Low-grade inflammation
With this growing list of health concerns, it would not be surprising if there were even more health issues related to gum disease. The astonishing part is that gum disease is entirely preventable and treatable. Taking care of your oral health is just as important as taking care of the rest of your body.
You will feel more confident when you smile
We all know the importance of a smile. It’s universal. No matter where you go or who you meet, smiles always mean the same thing. You probably have experienced an encounter with a stranger, or even someone you know, where just their smile changed your entire perspective on the day and lifted your spirits. But, if you aren’t smiling, a dull-looking expression sends a different signal. Gum disease has a devastating effect on teeth and gums, and eventually, you may even shy away from smiling because you are embarrassed about how it looks. But, thankfully, you can get gum disease treatment to stop the disease in its tracks. And then, cosmetic dentists in Bellevue at Spektor Dental can even recommend ways to improve your smile through various other treatments that will boost your self-confidence.
Preventing gum disease really does not take much effort. It involves remaining committed to a steady regimen of oral hygiene, which, as we mentioned, involves brushing and flossing daily, and following through with routine dental visits. If you have gum disease, we recommend sticking to a treatment that your Bellevue periodontists recommend. While gum disease cannot be cured, it can be managed with proper care and commitment.
To learn more about how to protect yourself from the devastating effects of gum disease, or to find an experienced periodontist in the Bellevue area that can provide the best treatment for you, contact Spektor Dental by calling (425) 454-1322. We provide general, cosmetic and periodontal services to the areas of Bellevue, Newcastle and Medina.