Gum disease affects 3 out of every 4 people, but most cases go untreated. Periodontal (gum) disease is often easy to get under control, especially if caught in its earliest stages. Our St. Louis Dental staff can show you the proper oral hygiene techniques to keep gum disease at bay, and recommend treatments, like antibiotics, if necessary.
So why don’t more people treat their gum disease? Dr. Postol believes that people probably just don’t understand the impact periodontal disease can have on your life. We want everyone to understand how treating gum disease can make your life better!
1) Get more energy
Periodontal disease is an infection of your gums by the bacteria in your mouth. And like any infection, your immune system will try to fight it. You know how when you get a cold you just want to sleep all day? Your body feels the same way when it’s fighting gum disease. Who knows, treat your gum disease and you might find yourself wanting to run a marathon!
2) Have better smelling breath
If you have had untreated periodontal disease for a while, it has most likely developed pockets of puss in your gums. This sounds gross, but you might not even notice it. What you probably have noticed is a bad taste in your mouth or bad smell to your breath. Treat your gum disease and you’ll be able to keep your mouth minty fresh!
3) Hold on to your teeth
Gum disease is the number one reason people lose their teeth. Not old age, not cavities, not black market teeth pirates. Don’t you want to keep your teeth?
4) Keep your baby healthy
Gum disease in mothers has been linked to a variety of problems for newborns, from premature birth to low birth weight. Studies also show that it may take longer for women with periodontal disease to even get pregnant in the first place. If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, make sure to talk to Dr. Postol about ensuring the optimal health for your baby.
5) Get a healthy, beautiful smile
Gum disease can even affect the way your smile looks, because it often turns your gums red and puffy. Besides all that though, it can be painful or uncomfortable to deal with. We want all of our patients to have beautiful and healthy smiles that they can be proud of. Contact St. Louis Dental today to make an appointment and take the first step towards treating your gum disease!