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Why It's Important to Protect Your Gums

June 14, 2019
Posted By: Deborah Simpkins, DMD
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Did you know that more than half of American adults suffer from some form of gum disease? To make matters worse, many people don't even realize they have it. In their defense, gum disease can be difficult to diagnose on their own because pain and symptoms are very minimal early on.

Gum disease in its early stage (gingivitis) can often be successfully treated and sometimes eliminated if it's detected early on. This is why your six-month cleanings and checkups with your Sarasota dentist are so essential.

The Oral-Systemic Connection

Did you know that the health of your gums plays a critical role not only for your teeth but also your overall health? Like a house has a firm foundation to rely on, so do your teeth - your gums.

And science has proven over the years that there is a critical connection between gum health and overall health because gum disease has been found to contribute to other chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, dementia, and complications with pregnancy. With these facts in mind, you can understand why protecting your dental health has never been more critical.

Avoiding Tooth Loss

Because gum disease is essentially an infection of your gums and jawbone, if it's not effectively treated and controlled, it will destroy your teeth's main support system and result in tooth loss. In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults in America.

The loss of one tooth, sadly, is a downward spiral for more tooth loss since your bone begins to deteriorate and your remaining teeth begin to shift. You can save yourself the trauma of tooth loss, and the cost of tooth replacement with regular visits to your dentist for preventive cleanings and checkups.

If you do find yourself in need of periodontal treatment in Sarasota, FL, Dr. Simpkins and her team are here to help. Contact our dental office today to schedule your next preventive checkup.

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