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Take Time For Better Gum Health This Month [BLOG]

  • November 13, 2017

Black Friday gets all the attention the day after Thanksgiving. It’s understandable, considering it’s the official start to the holiday shopping season.

But today, our specialists at the LANAP & Implant Center is putting something else in the spotlight!

The day after Thanksgiving is also National Flossing Day! Today, we’re celebrating by reminding you about best practices for great oral health and how we can help you fight gum disease with advanced laser technology in our Collegeville and Williamsport, PA dental offices!

Prevent Gum Disease With These Tips!

You can prevent gum disease with a few simple tips, some of which you probably already put into practice!

The American Dental Association suggests using a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste for your home oral care routine. Brush twice daily for two minutes at a time, and floss at least once a day.

It’s also important to make regular professional dental care part of your regimen. You should have a dental cleaning and thorough exam at least twice a year, unless you’re at a higher risk for periodontal disease that requires more frequent visits.

Can You Spot The Signs Of Poor Gum Health?

Here are some common signs and symptoms of periodontal disease you can look for:

-Persistent Bad Breath

-Bleeding Gums

-Gum Swelling & Redness

-Gum Tenderness

-Loose Teeth

-Teeth That Have Shifted

While awareness of these symptoms is helpful, we should stress that this is the kind of insidious infection that can take hold of your mouth without any obvious warning signs.

That’s why it’s so important to let our professionals exam your teeth and gums periodically. We have the tools and experience to see things you might not be able to see at home on your own.

What Puts You At Risk For Periodontal Disease?

When you feel comfortable enough to talk with us about your family and medical history, we’re more able to help you prevent periodontal disease. That’s why it’s so important to us to maintain the kind of environment in our practice where you feel safe and supported.

If we know you’re at a higher risk for gum health issues, we can stay extra cautious when it comes to your care. Sometimes that means more frequent visits to our Collegeville or Williamsport dental offices.

So what could put you at risk for gum disease? Here are some common factors that may require more vigilance with your dental care:

-Hormonal changes such as puberty or pregnancy

-Smoking and other tobacco use

-Substance and alcohol abuse

-Poor nutrition

-Poor oral hygiene

-Certain medications

-Diabetes

-Family history of gum disease

-Compromised immune system

By looking at these risk factors, you’ll notice that some of them are within your control. Making certain changes to your lifestyle can improve your chances for better gum health. But since some of the risks are out of your hands, frequent professional care is even more significant.

Make An Appointment For Gum Therapy!

The science is clear. Your overall health is directly linked to your gum health. Knowing what we know now thanks to recent studies about the dangers gum disease only reinforces our commitment to your periodontal health.

Many of the patients who come to us with poor oral health got that way because they were too afraid to get professional dental care for far too long. That’s why we do all we can to provide effective gum therapy that’s as gentle, efficient, and comfortable as possible.

With advanced LANAP technology, we can remove infection carefully and painlessly without any cutting or stitching. This makes treatment more comfortable and makes healing faster and easier.

Take time this month to protect your health with gum disease treatment at the LANAP & Implant Center. Call us 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.