The Threat of Gum Disease

How familiar are you with the consequences that can result from gum disease? Did you know, for instance, that gum disease increases the risk of heart disease? The link between these two diseases is growing clearer, with scientists discovering that the same bacteria are present in both diseases. However, the risks associated with gum disease do not end with heart disease. People who have gum disease are also more likely to develop diabetes and certain types of cancer, and these problems are only the ones that occur beyond the scope of the mouth.

According to your Mansfield TX dentists, Dr. Blair Jones and Dr. Seth Harris, within the mouth, gum disease can create lingering bad breath, bleeding gums, and even tooth loss. Gum disease also has no definitive cure, but can only be treated to prevent the disease from progressing. Prevention, therefore, is very important to your oral health.

Preventing Gum Disease

Gum disease prevention starts at home with thorough brushing and flossing. Because gum disease is the result of harmful bacteria, homecare is the first line of defense that you can employ. Harmful oral bacteria are constantly attaching themselves to teeth by forming plaque, a clear sticky substance. Brushing and flossing can remove plaque, allowing teeth and the gums to remain healthy. However, if plaque is not removed, it can harden into tartar within 48 hours. Once tartar has formed, brushing and flossing will no longer be effective in removing these bacteria, allowing them to damage the teeth and gums. If the bacteria are allowed to linger long enough, they may begin to inflame the gums, causing gingivitis. If gingivitis is not treated, a more damaging form of gum disease called periodontitis can develop. Thankfully, tartar does not have to result in gum disease. By attending regular dental cleanings, you can have your teeth cleaned by a hygienist, who can scrape away tartar with special instruments.

Choose Your Mansfield TX Dentists

When it comes to gum disease, early detection and intervention can prevent your oral health from deteriorating. During a dental checkup, your Mansfield TX dentists, Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris, will examine your mouth for any signs that could point toward gum disease. In addition to looking for gum disease, Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris will also examine your mouth for signs of bruxism, tooth decay, oral cancer, and any other indicators that could point to oral health problems.

About Mansfield Dental Associates: At Mansfield Dental Associates, Dr. Blair Jones and Dr. Seth Harris share the same vision and philosophy when it comes to patient care. Each seeks to build relationships based on trust and communication and strives to offer the latest technology for the best possible dental care. Patients can schedule an appointment or a consultation by calling 817-473-6227.