The Arbor Lakes Dental Guide To Preventing Gum Disease

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Hearing that you have gum disease can be scary and upsetting. At Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove, we are committed to educating and assisting patients in preventing gum disease. If you discover that you already have gum disease, don’t despair. We can help.

Gum disease is not to be taken lightly. In its earliest stages it is called gingivitis, and this is usually easy to reverse.

In its more advanced form, gum disease is known as periodontitis. The Centers for Disease Control says more than half of Americans over thirty have periodontitis, which equates to more than sixty million people. It is a leading cause of tooth loss.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen, tender gums
  • Receding gums
  • Bad breath that won’t go away
  • Loose adult teeth
  • Sensitive teeth

At Arbor Lakes Dental we use a fast and pain-free test called OralDNA. It is a highly accurate way to determining whether you have, or might have, gum disease. As with most diseases, early detection is key to effective treatment.

We know that gum disease can sneak up on you. Regular check-ups and regular oral hygiene is essential for preventing the pain and health issues linked to periodontal disease. Gum disease can be successfully treated, but avoiding it is clearly best.

Don’t take any chances. Ask us about OralDNA the next time you’re in for a six-month checkup. At Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove we treat gum disease, and also offer a full range of family dentistry services. Schedule your next appointment today!

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS:

763-494-4443

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota
55369

 

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Get Tested! Gum Disease in Maple Grove

One of every ten American adults is likely to get some form of gum disease by the time they’re sixty-four years old. At Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove, we provide treatment for gum disease.

Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss, and is associated with serious conditions like diabetes and heart disease. So brush and floss your teeth every day – twice a day, in fact. If you don’t, your chances of getting gum disease increase.

In addition to age, other risk factors for gum disease include tobacco use. Health experts say that tobacco is one of the most significant risk factors for getting gum disease. If you don’t smoke, don’t start, and if you do smoke (or chew), quit.

It appears some people are genetically predisposed to gum disease. Even when they take great care of their teeth, such people may still be more likely to get it. If you think it runs in your family, don’t despair. A genetic test can confirm it, even if you aren’t showing any signs. Getting early intervention treatment may help. Arbor Lakes Dental provides OralDNA testing for gum disease.

Stress, too, is another risk factor for gum disease. Stress may make it more difficult for the body to fight off infection.

Poor nutrition and teeth grinding or clenching can also put you at greater risk of developing gum disease.

Finally, certain medications can affect your oral health and make you more prone to gum disease. These include some oral contraceptives, anti-depressants, and heart medications. If you have any concerns, ask us at your next appointment.

If you are showing any signs at all of gum disease, such as bleeding when you brush your teeth, let Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove know. We provide effective gum disease treatment. We also offer family dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS:

763-494-4443

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota
55369