When you’re kissing and hugging your loved ones over the holidays, do they welcome being close to you, or do they give you a quick peck and move away?
If this happens consistently, you may be experiencing chronic halitosis, or bad breath. Consistent halitosis can be a symptom of a more serious issue, such as a periodontal disease. The most common gum diseases are gingivitis or periodontitis. Both can be treated when caught early, and the treatments are advanced and gentle. Don’t think “gum surgery” and avoid having bleeding or sore gums checked out. There are many new therapies to treat periodontal disease here in Holland.
Gingivitis is an inflammation of your gums, usually caused by bacterial plaque. If this inflammation is left untreated, it can progress to periodontitis, where the inflammation has spread to the tissues and bones supporting your teeth. That’s why gum disease puts you at risk for losing your teeth.
If your gums bleed while brushing or flossing, or if they’re red or sore to the touch, don’t delay in having your teeth and gums examined. When caught early, treating periodontal disease can be as simple as paying more attention to brushing and flossing. At Huisman Family Dentistry, we know that recent studies have verified the connection between serious health conditions and the bacteria and inflammation of gum disease. Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, even some cancers can all be influenced by periodontal diseases. If you know of or suspect any health problems, Dr. Jeff Huisman can give you more information about the health hazards of dental disease.
If you live in the Grand Rapids area (that includes Holland, Zeeland, Hudsonville, Douglas and other nearby towns) we can treat gingivitis and periodontitis with a variety of up-to-date and gentle therapies for scaling (removing plaque buildup) and treating your gums. Don’t put it off! The earlier we can treat your gum disease, the more likely it is that you can avoid more invasive treatments such as dental surgery. Please call our Holland dental office 616.396.5919 or contact us on our website so we can help you as soon as possible.