Unfortunately, gum disease is one of the most common dental problems that patients face in the U.S. healthy gums are the foundation for healthy, functional teeth. Many patients don’t realize how unhealthy gums can affect their oral health. When gum disease occurs, patients may experience bleeding gums, inflamed gums, receding gums, swollen gums, sores in the mouth, bad breath, and shifting teeth. For some patients, gum disease may not exhibit any symptoms at all.
Dr. Harry McCool stresses the importance of preventive dental care and at home oral hygiene. Gum disease is a preventable oral health concern. Patients will need to delegate time each day to take care of their teeth and gums. Even the healthiest looking teeth are prone to gum disease. Dr. McCool can work with you to develop an oral health plan that encourages healthy teeth and gums.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease begins when there is a buildup of plaque below and above the gum line. Plaque buildup may lead to an infection in the gums, which comprises the soft tissue an bone structure. In early stages of gum disease, your dentist may reverse the effects of gum disease with an antibacterial rinse or scale and root planing. As gum disease advances, gum surgery may be needed to remove diseased tissue and restore health to the gums. Late stage gum disease affects the bone and soft tissue and can even impact your bite.
Gum disease is preventable, try to incorporate these key tips to promote healthier gums.
- Floss at least once a day.
- Receive regular dental cleanings. On average patients receive a dental cleaning at least twice a year at every preventive care exam.
- Use a fluoride toothpaste. Look for an ADA approved toothpaste that contains fluoride.
- Brush your teeth twice a day. Brush your teeth after each meal to remove plaque, debris, and food from the teeth and gums.
- Use a therapeutic mouthwash.
- Visit the dentist twice a year for preventive care exams.
Schedule An Appointment
If you need to find a dentist in Lilburn, GA, visit Dr. Harry McCool. Dr. McCool has vast training in many aspects of dentistry which enables him to prove comprehensive solutions for a wide range of dental concerns. Dr. McCool has advanced training and experience working with adult patients who have missing teeth and other complex dental issues.
If you would like to schedule an appointment, call (770) 450-4407 or schedule an appointment online.