The old adage is true, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”
Think about how often you use your teeth, it would be hard to imagine life without them! Your teeth work hard to break down your food so it can be digested easier. Your gums are the lifeline for your teeth, so it’s essential that we care for our teeth and gums properly. If we don’t spend time preventing gum disease, our teeth and our body can have serious health risks. The problems that can develop could affect the way you eat, chew, look and feel. Proper oral care can help you keep healthy teeth for life, as well as prevent heart disease, stroke and many other health problems.
With proper preventative care you can avoid painful and expensive problems down the road. Your teeth and mouth will be healthy and if problems do arise you have a better chance of catching them in the beginning stages and saving more than just money in the long run, you could prevent major health concerns.
Why preventive care?
Gum disease may progress without signs or symptoms. In the early stages of gingivitis, bacteria in plaque build up, causing inflammation of the gums. You may notice your gums bleed during brushing or flossing. At this stage the gums may be irritated, but the teeth are still secure and no irreversible bone or other tissue damage has occurred yet.
When gingivitis is left untreated, it can progress to periodontitis. At this stage, the gums and bone pull away from the teeth and form pockets. This causes small spaces between your teeth and gums that start gathering bacteria and debris, which can become infected. The body’s immune system will fight the bacteria as the plaque spreads below the gum line.
The bacteria in plaque creates toxins that start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place. As the disease progresses, the pockets get bigger, more gum tissue and bone are destroyed, therefore – teeth lose their support and fall out. This is a great reason to keep up your twice per year cleaning appointments so our hygienists can evaluate and detect any early signs of disease and take measures to stop progression and reverse damage.
Most importantly, preventing gum disease is critical because it has been linked to serious health problems. WebMD states: “According to the CDC, researchers have uncovered potential links between gum disease and other serious health conditions. In people with healthy immune systems, the bacteria in the mouth that makes its way into the bloodstream is usually harmless. But under certain circumstances, these microorganisms are associated with health problems such as stroke and heart disease. Diabetes is not only a risk factor for gum disease, but gum disease may make diabetes worse.”
What you can expect from us:
Top-notch service from start to finish.
At Paragon Dental we understand that you’re putting your trust in us, and we take that trust seriously.
Your comfort and care are our main concern and our entire team is dedicated to making sure that your experience is top notch from start to finish. During your first appointment, you’ll meet with the dentist first to discuss your history, your questions, concerns and your goals to get to know you better and provide you with the best service. Then, you’ll meet with one of our wonderful hygienists for a gentle cleaning. She’ll also assess the health of your gums as well as offer recommendations on preventive care or repairing any signs of Gingivitis to stop it’s progression into serious problems.
Substantial Training and Experience
Dentists have the opportunity to belong to many associations and continue their education. Our dentists and supporting staff have decades of experience and take part in continuing education that ensures that you are always getting the best that dentistry has to offer.
Your decisions have our support.
Your decisions for your oral health are completely supported by our team. We’ll educate you on your choices so that you can make good health decisions for yourself and for your family.