February is Gum Disease Awareness Month, so our team at Rod Eccles, DDS in Plainfield, IN is putting you on alert on how to protect your teeth, your smile, and your health from this terrible infection!

What You Need To Know About Gum Disease!

Here are some important facts about gum disease you need to know!

*To Prevent Tooth Loss, You Must Prevent Gum Disease*

If you want to prevent tooth loss, you must prevent gum disease.

That’s because it’s the leading cause of adult tooth loss, something too many people find out too late. If you’ve already lost one or more teeth from gum disease, we can determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants, which can help stop the deterioration of your jawbone and gum tissue that threaten the healthy teeth you have left.

But ideally, you don’t want to let gum disease bring you to that point. You can prevent it with routine checkups with Dr. Eccles, good oral hygiene, and a healthy lifestyle!

*The Sooner You Catch It The Better*

We hate to break it to you, but the sad truth is that at a certain point, gum disease can’t be cured. In the early stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, we can reverse it before it does irrevocable damage to your teeth and gums.

But in its advanced stage, called periodontitis, all we can do is help you manage it. That’s why you can’t skip those twice yearly dental cleanings and exams and expect to avoid gum disease. Without letting us thoroughly check your mouth for signs of infection or removing the plaque from your teeth and gums, bacteria will be left alone to utterly destroy your smile.

*Gum Disease Puts Your Whole Body At Risk*

There’s no denying the impact that gum disease can have on your overall health.

More and more, research shows a strong connection between gum disease and widespread systemic health issues like stroke, diabetes, heart disease, and even chronic depression!

That’s why it’s so important to do all you can to stop the progression of periodontal infection. Without treatment, infection can and will spread, and it won’t just be your teeth that are at risk!

*Modern Gum Disease Treatment Is Gentle*

Treating gum disease is gentler than ever, thanks to advances in modern dentistry.

Dr. Eccles, along with the periodontist next door to our practice, can offer comfortable, effective gum disease treatment that won’t require any cutting or stitching.

That’s great news for patients who find themselves with developing gum disease in the first place because fear of painful dental treatment has kept their mouths unhealthy!

With deep, but gentle cleaning, we can remove the plaque and tartar buildup in your mouth so you can preserve the health and stability of your natural teeth.

Keep Your Smile Healthy!

Don’t let gum disease sneak up on you and threaten your health or your smile.

The more closely you monitor your teeth and gums with regular visits to our Plainfield, IN dental office, the better your chances of eradicating it and keeping your oral health intact.

Call Rod Eccles, DDS today at 317-682-0884 or fill out our convenient online form to schedule an appointment.