Gum disease is a prevalent condition that affects nearly half of American adults over the age of thirty. It is a serious condition that if left untreated, can result in tooth loss. It is actually the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
Also called periodontal disease, gum disease is an infection of the gums and bone that support your teeth. Gum disease occurs when plaque buildup begins to irritate and infect your gums, creating pockets that allow the bacteria to reach your bone.
Your dental health directly correlates to your overall health because this bacteria can also travel to other areas of your body and contribute to other non-dental related health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and pregnancy complications.
Because gum disease doesn't present many symptoms at first, your best defense against it is committing to an excellent home care routine and consistent preventive dentistry in Midland Park. Your six-month cleanings and checkups help eliminate the plaque that causes gum disease, and your dentist will also screen you for it, which means you can detect it and treat it as early as possible.
If it's time for your next preventive dental appointment in Midland Park, contact your team at Ohana Dental today at (201) 444-5675 to schedule your next appointment.