February is Gum Disease Awareness Month, and at Vincent Team Orthodontics in Sandy, Utah, we are dedicated to educating our patients about the importance of good oral health and preventing gum disease.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is an infection of the gums and surrounding tissues that can cause inflammation, redness, and bleeding. If left untreated, gum disease can progress and lead to tooth loss and other serious health problems.
The Link Between Orthodontics and Gum Disease
Orthodontic treatment, such as braces or Invisalign, can put extra pressure on your gums and teeth, making them more susceptible to gum disease. This is why it is important to maintain good oral hygiene and visit your orthodontist and dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings during orthodontic treatment.
Preventing Gum Disease
Good oral hygiene is the key to preventing gum disease. This includes brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and using an antiseptic mouthwash. It is also important to visit your orthodontist and dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings.
Treating Gum Disease
If gum disease is caught in its early stages, it can often be treated with a deep cleaning, known as scaling and root planing. More advanced cases may require more extensive treatment, such as periodontal surgery.
At Vincent Team Orthodontics, we are dedicated to helping our patients achieve and maintain good oral health. We will work with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan to prevent and treat gum disease and ensure that your smile stays healthy and bright.
Gum Disease Awareness Month is a great reminder of the importance of taking care of our gums and teeth. By practicing good oral hygiene, visiting your orthodontist and dentist regularly, and seeking treatment promptly if gum disease occurs, we can maintain healthy, pain-free smiles. If you have any questions or concerns about gum disease or orthodontic treatment, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We look forward to helping you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.