We feel that it is important for patients to understand the seriousness of caring for and being mindful of their oral health. Because we only see many of our patients twice a year, we want them to know and understand the signs that their oral health might be struggling. The majority of patients think that discomfort and pain is the only sign that there is a problem with their oral health. While that is a major warning sign that would indicate a problem with decay, there is another serious condition that affects approximately half of American adults, and the warning signs to this disease are less noticeable. Interested in learning more? Continue reading to learn more about this common disease and its warning signs.
When patients mention visiting the dentist, the thought on most patients’ minds is about the state of their teeth and finding out whether they have decay and need a treatment, like a filling. It is very rare that we see a patient and their first question is about the state of their gums. From the time we are young, there is such an emphasis on how to properly care for our teeth that most of us don’t realize the importance of properly caring for our gums. You may be surprised to learn that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, occurs when harmful bacteria infect and inflame the gum tissue.
At Vargas Dental Associates, we believe that a healthy mouth starts with healthy gums. Gums that are not healthy can lead to problems with not only your oral health, but your overall health as well. Gum disease is a serious condition that affects more than half of American adults and many times is left undetected giving it the name the silent disease.