You may think that your smile is healthy because you’re brushing and flossing regularly. This could not be the case however. Studies have shown that up to 80 percent of people have gum disease in some form or another. Gum disease is a serious threat to your oral health and should be addressed as soon as possible. Dr. James Polley’s office wants all of our patients to be informed about this oral health threat.
Gum disease is also called periodontal disease. This condition is usually caused by a buildup of plaque on the teeth. The plaque then hardens into tartar, and can irritate the gums. Bacterial plaque can form and create pockets between the gums and teeth. These pockets become breeding grounds for more bacteria and can affect your teeth and gums. The bacteria can also enter your bloodstream and cause even more harm to your health.
This disease is such a serious threat because it has very few symptoms at first, and the symptoms could easily be confused for something else. Gum disease can results in tooth loss, as well as increase your risk for strokes, heart attacks, diabetes, and even cause pregnancy complications. If you do have gum disease, we can treat your smile and restore health to your teeth and gums.
One of the best steps you can take to prevent gum disease is to visit us regularly for your regular dental checkup. We can remove plaque and keep a watchful eye on your smile. This is also one of the best ways to detect gum disease. It’s also extremely important to come for your regular checkups if you’ve suffered from gum disease in the past, so we can ensure that your smile is still healthy.
Dr. James Polley’s cosmetic dental office is located in the heart of Summerlin and serves patients from Spring Valley and northwest Summerlin. Call our office today to schedule your next appointment!