Gum Disease: Back to Basics!
February is an important month here at the LANAP & Implant Center because it’s Gum Disease Awareness Month!
Our experienced periodontist, Dr. DiGiallorenzo, is very passionate about helping our patients achieve optimum oral and overall health. So we’d like to kick off our February blog series by empowering you!
Dr. D has often said that our oral health is a window to our overall health. Gum disease is a slow moving, insidious infection. Its effects can be devastating, not only to your mouth, but to your entire body. Our team of highly trained specialists are here to help you!
Our goal at the LANAP & Implant Center is to help you get healthy and stay healthy. Part of that endeavor involves educating our patients. Let’s start with shedding some light on gum disease and its potential impact on your health.
Is Gum Disease Dangerous?
Absolutely! Left untreated, gum disease can certainly threaten your health. It is by definition an infection. And like any infection in your body, it’s dangerous if you don’t do anything about it.
So it begs the question: if it’s so dangerous, why would anyone allow their periodontal disease to go untreated? Sadly, it’s because people often don’t even realize they have it. It goes misdiagnosed or isn’t diagnosed at all. In either case, it’s unaddressed.
And it’s sneaky. Unless you’re a trained professional, it’s hard to see. It hides under your gumline. Often, it’s not painful, so there is no red flag telling you something is wrong. It worsens, yes, but it worsens very slowly over a long period of time.
So advanced periodontal disease can be incredibly dangerous simply because it’s relatively easy to overlook. That’s why coming to the LANAP & Implant Center for routine checkups is a critical component in maintaining your oral health.
Can You Detect Gum Disease At Home?
Yes! The good news is that even before you come to us for an exam, there are ways you can self-diagnose, at least to the point where you know it’s time to act! Here are just a few of the signs of gum disease to be on the lookout for:
-Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
-Chronic bad breath
-Loose or shifting teeth
-Sensitivity to hot and cold
Look, these symptoms are NOT normal. You mustn’t ignore them. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical in avoiding the debilitating effects of this disease.
If you notice any of these common warning signs, call us or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment right away!
If It Doesn’t Hurt, And If I Can’t See It, Do I Really Need To Worry?
Absolutely! Think of it this way…
If you had an infection on your hand, or your leg, or anywhere else on your body, you wouldn’t hesitate to see your doctor for treatment. But again, because gum disease is a slow, generally painless condition, it’s easy for people to convince themselves that it’s not that big of a deal.
This could not be further from the truth. Let’s look at what gum disease can lead to, long term, if it’s untreated:
-Loss of supporting structure surrounding the teeth
-Chronic systemic inflammation throughout the body
This only scratches the surface! We want you to understand that an invaluable component to your oral health is an awareness of these risks.
Early detection is critical. Being proactive is critical. Our specialists are your advocates. Let us help you regain control of your health. Give us a call today!
How Can the LANAP & Implant Center Help You?
When you trust our experts to give you a thorough dental cleaning and exam, we can provide a proper diagnosis and, if necessary, help you determine appropriate treatment.
We use a fantastic piece of technology that has completely changed the game of gum disease treatments. We are highly trained in the LANAP method, which uses a fiber optic laser that allows us to treat gum disease with absolutely no cutting and no stitching.
Be sure to check out our next blog about how the LANAP method works!
We are specialists you can trust to help you regain control of your oral health. Please call our Collegeville office at 610-228-4366 or our Williamsport office at 570-505-6908 or fill out our online contact form to schedule an appointment.
We hope you’ll join us this month for our blog series to raise awareness about periodontal disease so we can work together on a proactive, holistic approach toward your total wellness!