Celebrating Gum Care Month

Celebrating Gum Care Month with Denver Dentist

The month of September is National Gum Care Month. At OG Dental, we promote preventative dentistry for our Denver Highlands dental patients all year long. This is to help avoid the majority of oral health concerns, including gum disease, but also promote maintaining good oral health. In this blog, Dr. O'Grady highlights the significance of healthy gums and some simple strategies to avoid gum disease at home.

How Healthy Gums Come Into Play

Most patients think good oral health just has to do with their teeth. However, maintaining gum health is just as important. In fact, gum disease is the major cause of adult tooth loss. The gums play an important role in preserving oral health. Gums support your teeth, ensuring your smile remains intact. 

On the surface, your gums protect the tooth roots, minimizing dental discomfort and decay. When severe dental decay problems occur, you may experience excruciating pain. Your dentist in Denver, CO, may recommend a root canal depending on the severity of the decay. Finally, gum tissue contributes to the formation and maintenance of a full, young facial contour.

About Gum Disease

Gum disease is a common problem we see at our dental office. It is caused by bacterial plaque accumulation on teeth that irritates soft tissue. The acidic plaque breaks away the soft connective tissue over time, resulting in bigger spaces between the teeth and gum. Gum disease, if not treated properly, can cause teeth to shift out of alignment. Our friend Dr. Ben Kacos, a dentist in Shreveport, LA, says that without treatment, patients can experience permanent tooth loss. Seek treatment immediately before it's too late.

Do I Have Gum Disease?

To be positive that you have gum disease, you will need to be examined and diagnosed by a local dentist and their dental hygienist. However, if you observe any of the following warning signs of gum disease, you should consult with Dr. O'Grady:

  • Swollen, red gums
  • Receding gums
  • Gum discomfort or soreness
  • Tooth abscess

Am I Likely To Get Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease is common across the United States.

  • Gum disease affects half of all adults over the age of 30 in the U.S.
  • Men are more likely to have gum disease, accounting for reported cases.
  • Approximately 64% of patients diagnosed with gum disease self-reported being smokers.

Tips for Preventing Gum Disease

Although there is no way to entirely reverse the damage caused by severe gum disease once it has occurred, this condition can be prevented. We recommend the following to maintain excellent oral health and avoid gum disease:

  • Brush your teeth with a soft-bristle toothbrush for at least two minutes twice a day.
  • Make use of fluoridated toothpaste.
  • Floss your teeth at least once every day.
  • See your dentist at least every six months.

Contact OG Dental in Denver, CO

Our trained dentists and hygienists at OG Dental are dedicated to helping you achieve the best oral health. Whether you're new to our Denver dental office or have been a patient for years, we'll be pleased to answer any questions you have regarding gum disease and how to keep your smile healthy for life. Contact OG Dental to schedule your appointment today. We also offer online scheduling! We can't wait to see you.