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Gum Disease is a Real Thing

Published on April 14, 2021

Chorak Orthodontics

More than 80 percent of Americans are living with gum disease, which most often goes unnoticed.

Gum disease is something that many people will experience at some point in their lives. But because the symptoms of gum disease are so subtle and painless, most people just shrug it off. If gum disease is left untreated, the consequences could be severe.  Gum disease has been linked to a host of general medical problems, including: Heart disease, Endocarditis, Lung problems, and Diabetes.

At Chorak Orthodontics our goal is to raise awareness while encouraging patients to take an active role in better oral health through prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

According to the American Association of Periodontology (AAP), you may have gum disease if:

  • Your gums are red, swollen, and sore to the touch. 
  • Your gums bleed when you eat, brush or floss. 
  • You see signs of infection around the gums and teeth. 
  • Your gums look as if they are "pulling away" from the teeth. 
  • You frequently have bad breath or notice a bad taste in your mouth. 

A great oral hygiene routine and regular dental visits are the absolute best way to take a preventative measure against gum disease. Plaque begins to re-form with 24 hours after brushing and flossing, so daily care is essential. The American Dental Association (ADA) site recommends brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush that fits your mouth comfortably, so it reaches every tooth surface adequately. Be sure to floss every day to ensure your gums are healthy and pink.

With good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, you can keep your teeth for a lifetime and avoid many significant health problems. If you have any questions regarding the health of your teeth and gums, please don't hesitate to give Chorak Orthodontics a call.

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