More than 50 million people suffer from gum disease, and many may not know that they have it. Gum disease is a very serious disease that is often painless. Without routine dental examinations, the consequences of this disease can become severe:
- Permanent tooth loss
- Increased risk of heart attack and stroke
- Unhealthy smile due to gum recession
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Bleeding gums
As with any other disease, early detection is the key to a healthy recovery. Surprisingly, the early stage of this particular disease is gingivitis, which affects more than 50% of the population. During a routine dental exam, the signs and symptoms of gingivitis can be detected and you will be advised on how to avoid further damage. Your routine cleaning is also helpful for addressing hard to reach areas and eliminating plaque buildup.
Dental caries (cavities, decay) are also best treated when detected in the early stages. Generally, by the time a cavity causes pain, it has moved too close to the nerve to be resolved by a simple filling. Pain typically indicates a large cavity, requiring a crown and/or a root canal treatment. Periodic dental x-rays and a clinical examination by an experienced dentist ensure that cavities are identified before they are able to cause discomfort.
Many systemic disorders can be identified during a routine dental visit because the symptoms are sometimes evident in the mouth. Vitamin deficiencies, diabetes, oral cancer, sleep apnea, and TMJ/TMD are examples of conditions that are commonly detected as a result of their effects on the oral cavity. There are also a number of medications that cause dry mouth, resulting in an increased risk for cavities and halitosis.
The dental office is also a valuable resource when it comes to choosing oral hygiene products. With so many options available, from toothpastes to power toothbrushes, it can be difficult to select those that best meet your needs. With routine visits, the dental staff will be knowledgeable of your needs and recommend products accordingly.
Your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body, trust our Arlington, TX dental professionals at Fielder Park Dental to protect it.