Healthy Gums For A Healthy Life
We are lucky in San Carlos in that it doesn’t actually feel like autumn outside.
But it has begun to feel like fall in other ways, namely that life has become busy again for most California families who are juggling work, school, and other time consuming activities.
At the dental office of Dr. Ghina Morad, we like to think that we can make some things easier for you and your family.
We offer services that range from basic preventative dental care to advanced techniques like facial harmony orthodontics. And we do it all in a relaxing environment amongst the redwoods and streams of Silicon Valley.
If you are entrusted to our care, you can be sure that we will attend to your family’s always changing dental needs, and provide all the education you will need to keep your oral health in good shape.
We will remind your brood about proper hygiene, good practices, and what can happen if you let things slide.
We will even tell you all about gum disease and why you want to avoid it at all costs.
What Do I Need To Know About Gum Disease?
It starts when the bacteria found in plaque causes a condition called gingivitis, which is characterized by an inflammation of the gums.
Gingivitis is an early (and mild) stage of gum disease.
We can usually spot it during your regular checkups and it can be reversed by professional treatment and reinstating good hygiene practices at home.
Gingivitis, while never a good thing, is not too big of a big deal if it is addressed early. If it isn’t, however, then things can get ugly.
Your gums will swell. They will hurt. And they will bleed.
By this time you will have periodontitis, an advanced form of gum disease.
Periodontal disease targets your gums and the bone that supports your teeth.
It does not go after the teeth themselves, but periodontal disease will strike at these structures that support your teeth.
It will be little consolation that your teeth themselves are not damaged, because without proper support, they will start falling out anyway.
As it happens, adult tooth loss in California is, in most cases, due to periodontal disease that wasn’t caught early enough.
Your Mouth Is Only The First Casualty
Once gum disease gets loose in your bloodstream, your entire body can suffer the consequences.
Did you know that the bacteria that causes gum disease is also linked with life threatening health issues such as respiratory disease, diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer?
Scary stuff, right?
Our Dental Office Can Help Prevent Gum Disease
But, thankfully, these fates are completely avoidable.
If your family brushes and flosses every day, you can keep most of the bacteria and plaque from gaining a foothold in your mouth. Good oral hygiene is the first part of preventing gum disease.
The second step is regularly visiting the dental office of Dr. Ghina Morad for professional cleanings and oral examinations.
This will allow us to repel any lingering plaque and bacteria that your home hygiene practices have missed.
What’s more, when you are onsite, we will be able to detect and treat any early signs of gingivitis before you ever have to deal with periodontal disease.
These good habits (being diligent at home and coming to see us often) will significantly lower your risk of gum disease and tooth loss, and will help maintain your general wellbeing.
Find Out More
Contact our San Carlos office today to set up your next dental appointment!
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