When was the last time you visited our office? If it has been longer than six months, we would love to see you! We know that this time of year is busy for many of our patients. With summer right around the corner, the end of school activities, sports, and time with family and friends is most likely taking up all of your free time. As busy as you may be, we want to remind you of the importance of making your oral health a priority. Unfortunately, neglecting your oral health can lead to serious complications now and in the future. In fact, there is one oral health condition that affects approximately half of American adults. You don’t want to be a statistic, do you? Read on to learn more about this common, yet serious condition.
At Ackley Dental Group, we are passionate about our patients visiting our office for routine hygiene examination appointments. Do you remember the last time you visited our office for an examination and cleaning? If it has been some time since your last visit, you may be in need of an appointment. With the start of the new year, there is no better time to schedule an appointment for you and your loved ones. No matter how well you clean your teeth on your own throughout the year, routine dental exams are a must.
From the time of our youth we learn about the importance of properly caring for our teeth to prevent tooth decay. While this is fantastic and greatly helps many patients avoid the need for dental treatments, other important areas of the mouth also need to be properly cared for to prevent serious oral health complications. The gums are one area that often is overlooked when it comes to oral health and oral care. Lack of gum care can lead to gum disease, which is an inflammation or infection in the gums. When gum disease remains untreated and is allowed to progress, it can cause damage to the jawbone that supports the teeth.
While red is a popular color during the month of February, with the celebration of Valentine’s Day, if you start noticing that your gums are the color of the decorations, you might be suffering from a silent disease. This disease not only affects your oral health, but can impact your overall health as well. Gum disease can be harmful to your teeth and gums, also increasing the risks of some serious health problems. Continue reading to learn more about gum disease and how to prevent it.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of American adults aged 30 and older have some form of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. This oral health condition is an infection of the soft tissues that support the teeth and is caused by plaque. Plaque is the sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth, and when it is left there for too long, it hardens and turns into tartar. It’s tartar that irritates the gums and causes inflammation. If you notice that you have red or swollen gums, bleeding gums after brushing, or sensitive teeth, you might be in the beginning stages of gum disease.