Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a serious issue that impacts your dental health. Family dentists deal with periodontal disease daily, and they do everything possible to spot the signs of gum disease before they develop. They also prevent gum disease before it develops into advanced periodontal disease.
If you are at risk for advanced gum disease, here's what you need to know.
Understand Periodontal Disease
First, it helps to understand what periodontal disease is.
Do you have heartburn, difficulty swallowing, or a sensation of a lump in your throat? If so, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). You'll want to visit your doctor to get a firm diagnosis of your symptoms. GERD occurs when stomach acid flows back up into the esophagus. Besides causing the previously mentioned symptoms, GERD can cause dental issues as well. Read on to learn more about how GERD affects your oral health and how a cosmetic dentist could help.
Many people decide to have dental implants over dentures because the result can be easier and more aesthetically appealing than dentures. Depending on the health of your gums and underlying bone, there may be additional treatments you need before you can have implants.
Chronic Disease Management
Since many chronic diseases, such as diabetes or inflammatory disorders can affect the health of your gums and bone, your dentist may advise you to consult with other doctors to gain control over underlying diseases.
If you have decided to use Invisalign to correct your crooked teeth, you'll be given a set of plastic alignment trays that are designed to last you about two weeks. Even though these trays are disposable, it is still possible to damage them in those two weeks if you are not careful. Here are some tips that will help you prevent accidental damage.
Remove The Trays When Eating
You should always take the trays out of your mouth when you are eating, even if it is a small snack.
Braces can be hard on a teenager's self-image, but the long-term benefits for both self-confidence and health make them worth the temporary angst. If your teen has an overbite, you may be wondering if they can use one of the invisible options, like Invisalign, instead of traditional braces. The following can help you better understand this option.
What are the issues with an overbite?
An overbite causes the top teeth to just forward, so the upper tooth surfaces don't line up with the bottom teeth.