The most common cause of tooth loss is gum disease. Of greater importance are the links between gum disease and various serious conditions including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and, for expectant mothers, babies with low birth weight. We now understand that the bacteria that causes gum disease can also contribute to these other health concerns and vice versa.
It’s important to realize that healthy gums do not bleed with regular brushing and flossing. Bleeding is typically a sign of gum disease (also called periodontal disease). You can prevent gum disease since it is a progressive condition if we diagnose it and treat it early; however, more advanced stages can often cause irreversible damage and could even result in tooth loss.
The best way to protect yourself is to have your teeth and gums checked regularly to prevent problems from gum disease. Consistent routine visits with Dr. Chandler every six months will allow him to detect gum disease early, which gives you the best chance of treating it successfully.
Gums that are swollen, irritated or that bleed should be checked by your Edmond dentist as soon as possible. Call Edmond Dental Center at (405) 330-4630 to schedule your dental appointment.