Gum disease is not a condition you want to wait out. It should be diagnosed early and treated properly in order to preserve tooth stability, fresh breath, comfort, and general health. You may have heard that your dentist can get an idea about your health just by looking in your mouth. This is because numerous studies indicate a direct correlation between the two. For this reason, hygiene and dental care are considered vital to well-being.
Some believe that gum disease is an age-related condition; that it affects only older adults and the elderly. This is not true. Although it is not nearly as common, gum disease may be seen in a child or teen. Additional factors that increase risk include:
It is also worth stating that previous treatment for gum disease does not protect you from this condition in the future.
The statistics on gum disease are unfortunate because this condition is relatively easy to avoid. We are happy to help you assess your risk, and to demonstrate ways to manage your oral health on a daily basis. Routine dental care complements the habits you keep at home, and should not be skipped. Dr. Kelley performs gum examination using a tiny probe that indicates the presence of inflammation, as well as its severity.
Home care is straightforward, but many people have never been taught the details that can make or break a hygiene routine:
Dr. Kelley and the team at Kingsgate Dental believe that education is the best possible treatment for gum disease. For your check-up and cleaning in our Kirkland office, call (425) 385-0080.
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