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Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for adults. Left untreated, it may also contribute to development of at least 52 serious systemic diseases including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. If your gums bleed during regular brushing or flossing, the bad news is – you already have early-stage gum disease (also known as gingivitis). The good news is that gum disease is preventable, treatable, and reversible.
Treatment for gum disease varies on a case-by-case basis depending on the level of infection and extent of tissue damage. Gingivitis can usually be reversed with some simple improvements to your oral hygiene routine. Additional deep cleanings on a more regular basis may be prescribed for more moderate cases, and gum surgery may be necessary for more severe cases.
Fluoride-free “training” toothpaste is popular as soon as the teeth start to come in, and flossing daily should begin as soon as teeth start to touch to get kids in the habit of caring for their mouths. Fluoride toothpaste is recommended once children are around three years of age.
Establishing a consistent routine can help kids get excited about clean teeth, whether this involves charts with stickers, silly dances, extra hugs, humming catchy songs about two minutes long while they brush, and these days, smartphone users can even say truthfully “there’s an app for that!” (search: toothbrush timer.) Give your kids a foundation for a lifetime of healthy oral hygiene, and don’t be afraid to have fun with it. In fact, fun is highly recommended!
As your little one becomes less little, their dental concerns change as they grow. We can make custom mouthguards for their comfort and protection as you cheer them on from the sidelines. As they become more concerned about their appearance, we can offer protective sealants and other procedures to keep their smiles as sound, healthy, and beautiful as possible.
If you have any questions about general dentistry or would like to schedule an appointment with your Deerfoot Dental, Dr. Grovenstein at Deerfoot Dental, give us a call today at (205) 810-0844 or request an appointment online below. We can’t wait to see you smile!