When you think of having that stunning smile of your dreams, what comes to mind? White, even teeth? No missing teeth? Coral-pink gums? Fresh breath?
Most people focus on the cosmetic aspect of their teeth. If their dentist informs them that they need gum treatment or special cleanings, they feel that should come after they get their teeth whitened or straightened. Of course, no good dentist will try to take away your autonomy. You have the right to choose which procedures you want to go through with. But why might an experienced dental team encourage you to make gum treatment a priority?
Understand the Risk of Periodontal Disease
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, will prevent you from having that dream smile. The infection results in the total opposite of a beautiful smile! Signs and symptoms include:
- Bad breath
- Gum recession
- Swollen and sensitive gums
- Loose and missing teeth
- Heavy stain and debris buildup
Timing is Everything!
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that does not easily go away once it sets in. It’s extremely common in varying degrees among adults of all ages. Your best defense is early action. The goals of periodontal treatment are:
- Removing irritating debris
- Inhibiting bacterial action
- Creating an environment that promotes healing
These steps are necessary to prevent the disease from progressing and cannot be achieved at home.
So while the choice is yours in the end, you should not be quick to make a decision about gum treatment without having all the facts. If left untreated, gum disease often leads to tooth loss.
Complete Your Smile with Healthy Gums
Interested in periodontal therapy? You’re not going to find better care than you do at Wilmington Dental Group. Schedule a visit with our team of dental specialists to learn how you can stay on top of having healthy gums…and enjoy that dream smile!