- October 15, 2017
October is a month where we playfully celebrate all things spooky. It’s why you might see a line of people wrapped around the block for a haunted house on a Friday night. It inspires us to revisit those old cult classic horror films. And maybe we’ll enjoy playing a friendly prank or two.
But all these are examples of harmless fun. Fear can be thrilling, but it’s Halloween, so we can laugh off a scare here and there with the peace of mind that a knife-wielding masked predator isn’t lurking around the corner and that the house isn’t really haunted.
Unfortunately, though, there are some things that can come back to haunt you. One of them is gum disease, and it can make your oral health take a dark turn if you’re not careful.
Today, our team at the LANAP & Implant Center want to help you stay on guard for this potentially dangerous oral health problem so you can prevent gum disease from haunting you this Halloween!
Gum Disease Can Haunt Your Smile!
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, in an oral infection that initially affects your gum tissue. Plaque and tartar buildup can build up in your mouth and lead to harmful bacteria that put your teeth and gums under constant attack.
When the bacteria eats off sugar in food particles, it can reach a harmful level that your body’s defense mechanisms can’t fight off alone. That’s why people who don’t go to the dentist for routine cleanings and exams are especially vulnerable to gum disease.
Daily brushing and flossing aren’t enough to clean plaque bacteria from your mouth completely. It really requires thorough, deep cleaning at the hands of a skilled professional with tools and experience to keep it under control.
One of the scariest things about gum disease is how insidious it is. It’s not something that happens overnight. Rather, gum disease will creep in slowly over time, lurking in those dark, hard to reach places in your mouth. If left untreated, it can advance to the point where your overall health is at risk because the infection from gum disease can spread through your bloodstream
The Mysterious Signs Of Gum Disease
As we mentioned, only a dental professional can properly detect and treat gum disease. One of the reasons is that it’s something that takes hold of your teeth and gums in stages, the earliest of which are difficult to spot for the untrained eye.
The early stage is called gingivitis. At this point, it’s reversible with help from our team at the LANAP & Implant Center. We can treat gingivitis so that it doesn’t advance and haunt your oral health.
Even though accurate diagnosis requires professional dental care, there are some signs and symptoms you can be looking for:
-Red, swollen gums
-Tender or sore gums
-Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
Not everyone will exhibit noticeable symptoms, which is why gingivitis can easily move to the next stage of the disease, known as periodontitis, still without you realizing it’s even happening.
From there, you become even more at risk for gum recession, which threatens the structural integrity of your surrounding teeth. In fact, gum disease is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss
Don’t Be Haunted By Gum Disease!
At the LANAP & Implant Center, we specialize in helping patients achieve optimum oral health. Because of our advanced laser technology and experienced professionals, we can provide nonsurgical gum disease treatment that’s safe, comfortable, and effective. With our LANAP method, we’re able to remove any diseased gum tissue you may have without any cutting or stitching.
This allows for a painless treatment experience and a faster healing process than gum disease treatment of the past. We’re committed to staying on the cutting-edge of technology to give our patients as comfortable an experience as possible so you can have a clean, healthy mouth.
If you’ve been affected by gum disease or think you might be in the early stages, we’re here to help you get the treatment you need to preserve your smile and your health! Call the LANAP & Implant Center today at 610-228-4366 for our Collegeville, PA office or 570-505-6908 for our Williamsport location. You can also fill out our convenient online form to request an appointment.