At Bennion Lambourne Orthodontics, we understand the importance of oral health and the impact it has on overall health and well-being. That’s why during Gum Disease Awareness Month, we want to educate our patients on the importance of preventing and treating gum disease.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums and the surrounding tissues that support the teeth. It is caused by plaque, a film of bacteria that forms on the teeth and gums. When plaque is not removed through regular brushing and flossing, it can harden into tartar, which can only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist.
Types of Gum Disease
There are two main types: gingivitis and periodontitis.
- Gingivitis: This is the early stage, characterized by red, swollen, or bleeding gums. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis.
- Periodontitis: This is the advanced stage, characterized by receding gums, loose or shifting teeth, and bone loss. Periodontitis can lead to tooth loss and other serious health problems if left untreated.
Why is Gum Disease Serious?
Gum disease is not only damaging to oral health, but it can also have a significant impact on overall health and well-being. Research has linked it to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and other chronic health conditions.
Bennion Lambourne Orthodontics’ Approach to Treating and Preventing Periodontal Disease
At Bennion Lambourne Orthodontics, we understand the importance of preventing and treating gum disease. Our orthodontic treatments can help prevent and treat problems that lead to gum disease, such as:
- Braces and clear aligners: These orthodontic treatments can help correct bite problems and straighten teeth, making it easier to keep the teeth and gums clean.
- Orthodontic appliances: Our orthodontists may recommend the use of orthodontic appliances, such as expanders or palate elevators, to help correct jaw or bite problems that can lead to gum disease.
- Regular check-ups and cleanings: Our team will work closely with our patients to ensure they receive regular check-ups and cleanings to prevent and treat gum disease.
If you have any questions or concerns about orthodontic treatment, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can visit our Locations page on our website to schedule a consultation with our team today.