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Why Gum Health Is So Important

Graphic showing the stages of gum disease.

Did you know that your gum health is connected to your overall health? Taking great care of your gums will have a positive impact on your smile and your total-body health. Here is some information to encourage you to make maintaining excellent gum health a priority.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is one of the most prominent gum issues among patients. Periodontal (gum) disease occurs when plaque and tartar buildup over time. This harms the mouth’s ecosystem and allows bad bacteria to run rampant. The bacteria seeps under the gum line and infects the soft tissue.

The Health Consequences of Periodontal Disease

In the initial stages of periodontal disease, there is swelling and redness in the gums. If left untreated, the gums will start to detach from the teeth, which can eventually lead to tooth loss. Studies have also shown that patients with periodontal disease have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and dementia.

How to Keep Your Gums Healthy

Looking for ways to keep your gums in tip-top shape? One of the best things you can do for your gums is to maintain a great at-home oral hygiene regimen. Brush at least twice a day for two minutes each brushing session. Make sure you’re also flossing at least once a day to dislodge any trapped food debris.

Schedule Your Biannual Dental Visit

In addition to keeping your teeth and gums healthy at home, make sure you schedule your biannual dental appointments at Chaney Dental! At your checkups, our hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth and gums by removing any plaque and tartar buildup from hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. Then, Dr. Chaney will examine your smile for any potential issues and administer any necessary treatments. Your visits will help keep dental problems at bay and allow us to catch gum disease early on before it worsens.

Family Dental Care in Prairie Village

Looking for an experienced dentist in Prairie Village, KS? At Chaney Dental, we are pleased to offer a wide range of treatments for patients of all ages. Please contact our office to schedule your appointment!

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