Gum disease is more common than you might think. At Vanguard Dental Group in Derry NH, we see patients with gum disease every day. Some of them aren’t even aware they have it. The good news is that it can be treated, though as with so many diseases, the earlier we catch it the better.
Also called periodontal disease, gum disease is an inflammation or infection of the gums. It can be very painful in some extreme conditions, and limit your ability to eat normally. In some cases, periodontal disease can affect your smile, and can create cosmetic concerns.
But a larger concern is the fact that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among American adults. That’s what makes early diagnosis so important. When caught early and treated, periodontal disease can be managed and, ultimately, cured. However the best policy is to practice good dental hygiene to keep periodontal disease at bay.
By good dental hygiene, we mean a strict routine of brushing your teeth at least twice a day, and flossing at least once. Flossing is just as critical as brushing, since it gets those spaces between the teeth your toothbrush cannot reach. Just as important is seeing us for a cleaning and checkup twice a year.
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