Healthy Gums, Healthy Smile
Gum disease can damage not only the gums but many of the other structures that support your teeth, including the jawbone and periodontal ligaments. In fact, untreated periodontitis is a leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the United States.
Consequently, the benefits of periodontal care cannot be overstated. Seeking out treatment for gum disease is essential to maintaining your smile. Drs. Roger Parkes and Clarke Stewart offer a wide range of periodontal care treatments at their Jackson, MS, office. With adequate preventative care, such as brushing, flossing, dental cleanings, as well as periodontal therapies, you can prevent decay and jawbone recession.
Benefits of Healthy Gums
Because gum disease is often asymptomatic in its early stages, it can be easy to underestimate its long-term impact on your health. However, maintaining a healthy gum line is critical to maintaining oral health. The benefits go beyond healing gums and protecting teeth. Patients who undergo deep cleanings and other forms of periodontal care can benefit from:
- Relief from discomfort: Infected gums are often sore, tender, and prone to bleeding. It can also make it more uncomfortable to brush and floss your teeth, which can make recovery much harder. But as the disease is treated, these symptoms will fade.
- A beautiful smile: Because they frame your teeth, the gums play an important role in the appearance of your smile. Periodontitis can cause your gums to swell and bleed, which can leave some patients feeling self-conscious about sharing that smile. Once you have received periodontal care, your gum line will once again complement your teeth. Furthermore, cleanings also remove the tartar and plaque that discolor teeth. Maintaining the luster of your teeth at home be easier, as a result.
- Fresh breath: Because bad breath is caused by rotting food particles, bacteria, and plaque, it is a common symptom of gum disease. Once you have undergone periodontal therapy, you can enjoy the benefits of naturally fresh breath once more.
- Preventative care: Untreated gum disease can often lead to cavities, jawbone recession, abscesses, and even tooth loss. By seeking out periodontal care before that point, you can prevent both the physical and financial cost of these long-term dental problems.
- Better cardiovascular health: In recent years, a number of studies have demonstrated a connection between gum disease and an elevated risk of heart attack and stroke. As a result, periodontitis may potentially leave you at greater risk of heart disease.
Treatment for gum disease can consequently have a huge impact on both your health and overall quality of life. It is important to seek treatment sooner rather than later.
Call Our Office Today
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of adults over the age of 30 in the US have gum disease. Our office offers several periodontal treatments, including antiobiotics, scaling and root planing, laser treatments, and flap procedures to alleviate the effects of this condition and leave you with a healthier smile. Our doctors have more than 30 years of professional experience and are equipped to treat any stage of gum disease. If you are ready to schedule your next exam or cleaning, contact our office online or call (601) 956-1230.