Provide your gums with proper care to prevent gum disease from happening to you.
Flossing every day isn’t just a habit that you should consider—it’s one that you absolutely need to adopt if you want to keep your gums healthy. After all, if you neglect your oral health, not only do you put your teeth and gums in danger, but you also leave your body susceptible to serious systemic health disorders. Read on to find out what you can do to prevent gum disease, and contact the Gaithersburg, MD, office of family dentists Dr. Adam Schneider and Dr. Katie Staub for personal treatment!
What is gum disease?
Our mouths, like the rest of our bodies, contain bacteria. Unfortunately, when something affects the hospitable environment within your mouth, it is left susceptible to infection. When bad bacteria gets into our mouths, it can cause inflammation and result in damage to gum tissue.
If gum disease isn’t treated, pockets of infection can buildup in the gums and cause them to pull away from the teeth, an effect that can result in loose teeth or tooth loss. In fact, gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults!
How does gum disease affect my overall health?
It’s been determined that people who have gum disease have also been linked to serious systemic health issues such as heart disease, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes, dementia, and even pregnancy complications. While it’s not certain whether or not gum disease actually causes these health problems, it is true that patients dealing with these health problems also have more trouble with maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
How do I know whether I have gum disease or not?
In the beginning stages, you won’t usually be able to tell if you have gum disease or not since it doesn’t usually cause symptoms until it has become more severe. The best way to detect gum disease early on when it can be reversed, or at least managed, is to visit our Gaithersburg office every six months for routine checkups. It’s during these exams that we can check the gums to look for the early warning signs of infection.
If you need to schedule your next dental cleaning, call Schneider Family Dentistry in Gaithersburg, MD, today at (301) 948-3111!