Gum disease is one of the most common dental concerns in dentistry. Gum disease can develop from poor oral hygiene and other risks factors. Maintaining healthy gums and teeth is an essential part of obtaining optimal oral health.
Restorative dentist Dr. Aubrey Myers has first-hand experience treating patients with gum disease. At Emerald Isle Smiles Dental Studio in Emerald Isle, NC, Dr. Myers offers a wide range of periodontal therapy services and treatments to restore teeth and gums that have been damaged due to gum disease. She takes her time to specially craft a treatment that works in your best interest. As a trained, Dawson Academy Dentist, Dr. Myers focuses on the entire masticatory (chewing) system and disease prevention. Dr. Myers stays up to date on the current techniques and advancements in dentistry to ensure she is providing patients with complete, comprehensive dental care.
Preventing Gum Disease
Gum disease occurs when plaque buildup causes inflammation and irritation of the gums and teeth. Gum disease may cause symptoms like bleeding gums, swollen gums, receding gum line and tooth sensitivity. If gum disease is left untreated, deep pockets can form around the teeth, causing shifting teeth and even tooth loss. Gum disease has even been linked to an increased risk of developing health issues like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Treating gum disease early and practicing preventive measure can help keep your smile and body healthy. Practicing these healthy habits can help you avoid gum disease.
- Brush: Brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes helps remove harmful bacteria from the mouth. Make sure you replace your toothbrush every few months to ensure you are getting the full benefits out of your oral hygiene routine.
- Floss: Flossing helps eliminate debris and bacteria that may be hiding between the teeth. Plaque can form between the teeth if you aren’t properly cleaning your smile. There are a variety of flossing options available so that patients can find the right product that works for them.
- Rinse: Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash to remove any leftover debris in the mouth. Mouthwash should not be used in replacement of a regular oral hygiene routine but in conjunction with one.
- Visit: Visit our Emerald Isle, NC dental office for preventive care visits. During preventive care visits, Dr. Myers screens for gum disease and other complex dental problems. Catching gum disease early can give patients the best chance of receiving the care they need and avoid the need for complex treatment. However, if an advanced case of gum disease is present, we offer a range of periodontal therapy services to restore health back into the gums and teeth.
Schedule A Visit
If you are experiencing signs of gum disease or you haven’t scheduled a preventive care visit, contact our Emerald Isle dental office. Patients can schedule an appointment online or call our office (252) 370-9611.