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How dental checkups help you prevent gum disease February 26, 2013

Filed under: Dental health — Mall of Georgia Dentistry @ 8:54 am
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Did you know that among those over 35, over 75% have some form of gum disease?  And gum disease is entirely preventable.  Preventing it (as well as treating it) is one great reason regular dental checkups are a must.

Unfortunately, by the time most people notice any of the warning signs of periodontitis, it may be too late to reverse the damage.

That’s why regular dental checkups are so important. Dentists spot trouble in the form of pockets of inflammation or places where gum tissue has eroded slightly, exposing the root of the tooth.

  • With regular checkups, the condition of your gum tissue can be compared over time.  Any erosion that has taken place is noted. Dental X-rays can reveal early signs of gum disease.
  • During the exam, the dentist carefully measures the depth of gum pockets around a selected number of teeth. You should have this exam every 18 to 36 months, according to Low.

Catching signs of gum disease early may be far more important than previously thought, experts say. Advanced periodontal disease can cause tooth loss. But it may also cause other health problems.  We’ve talked about the role of good oral health on your overall health.

If you have concerns or have spotted possible gum disease while brushing and flossing, make an appointment to come in and have it looked at.  Gum disease should be addressed as soon as it is discovered and we’ll be glad to review ways to prevent it from reoccurring while your here.

In the meanwhile, make sure to brush and floss!

Mall of Georgia Dentistry

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