Want to add years to your life? Take care of your mouth
We all brush our teeth because, well, that’s what our parents told us to do.
- Healthy teeth and gums result in a more attractive smile.
- You can ward off pain and throbbing in your mouth.
- You won’t be as sensitive to hot and cold.
- Overall, you’ll have a better quality of life.
The regrettable reality is over 75% of adults show signs of gum disease. There are many factors that play a role in this including: too much sugar and starch in our diets, smoking, poor oral hygiene and stress (just to name a few).
There are many reasons to make a general dental appointment. If it has been a while since you’ve been to the dentist in Baltimore/Westminster, you should know Dr. Gary Imm is committed to total honesty. You deserve to know the truth about your dental health. We recommend that all of our patients begin some kind of regular hygiene routine.
Gum disease can have huge consequences
If left untreated, gum disease can lead to:
- low birth weight in newborns
- heart disease and strokes
- ineffectiveness of insulin in diabetics
- osteoporosis and diabetes
Gingivitis – stage one in periodontal disease
During this stage, gingivitis develops by:
- Plaque forming on the teeth
- Gums bleeding easily – they become red and inflamed
- Calcium forms overnight with plaque hardens
Gingivitis can be reversed with good oral hygiene and appropriate treatment. A good dental hygiene routine is essential! You need to keep your gums in the pink. After an evaluation, Westminster dentist Dr. Imm and his team of dental professionals will describe the recommended hygiene program to best meet your needs. The goal is to avoid further periodontal problems that may necessitate surgical procedures or loss of teeth.
Periodontal Disease – the hazardous evolution
Left ignored, the symptoms of gingivitis can develop into periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can cause permanent damage to the bone and gums surrounding the roots or the teeth.
It starts with plaque spreading and growing in the gum line. This plaque creates toxins which then irritate and inflame the gums. At this point, the bacteria penetrates the blood stream – endangering organs, tissue, vessels and potentially harms an unborn fetus. The bone and tissue that supports the teeth start to break down and lead to a multitude of complications.
Are your gums as healthy as they should be?
Did you know your overall physical health and dental health are linked? Recent studies have shown that certain types of gum disease reflect your overall health.
Periodontal exam and treatments make sense for medically and at-risk patients. People who are medically at-risk include those with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, pregnant women, and those taking medications that affect the gums (i.e. epileptics).
If you have diabetes or take medications Dr. Imm will want to know about it. Some medications can affect your teeth and some can produce side affects. Dr. Imm can educate you and will consult with your physician if required. Routine exams include a thorough screening for any signs of oral cancer as well as blood pressure screenings.
Protect your health while improving your smile
Staying healthy includes taking care of your mouth. Excellent oral care goes a long way in preventing and maintaining health related problems. Your beautiful smile is an indicator of how you feel on both the inside and out! By contacting our office, you will be taking necessary steps in preventing problems and ensuring your oral health and overall health are a priority.