We spend a great deal of time learning about how to eat well, exercise, and stay fit. Though we all know that we must follow a proper oral care routine, which includes flossing daily, to protect our smile, many of us do not know much more than that about our gums. In honor of National Gum Care Month, experienced dentist, Dr. James Lesinski, reveals a few interesting facts about gums and gum disease in Amherst, NY, that can ultimately help you protect your smile.

5 Facts about Gums and Gum Disease

  1. The bacteria that cause gum disease are always present in your mouth. Plaque builds up on the tooth surfaces and bacteria inhabit that plaque. That is why you need to brush and floss regularly to prevent gum disease. Regular visits to the dentist for exams and professional cleanings are also important.
  2. Healthy gums do not bleed. If you see any amount of blood when flossing or brushing your teeth, it is a sure sign of gum disease.
  3. Bad breath, or halitosis, is a chronic condition that often plagues people for years. It is one of the symptoms of gum disease, and may be treated by your dentist. How is this possible? The bacteria in your mouth emit toxins which create odors and also, there is a chronic infection that worsens over time.
  4. Gum disease can affect more than your mouth. If you think a periodontal infection is contained to the mouth, you are mistaken. Dentists know that gum disease raises your likelihood of systemic illnesses, like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. It can also affect birth weights for expectant mothers, and even memory in otherwise healthy individuals.
  5. An unchecked periodontal infection can lead to tooth loss and bone loss but your dentist can reverse the damage of gum disease when detected early.

If you are concerned about gum disease in Amherst, NY, call our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lesinski. Early treatments can consist of antibiotic therapies, deep cleanings, or laser surgery. Visit our gentle dentist to learn more.