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Neglecting Gum Disease Treatment Can Put Your Health At Risk

Ignoring tooth decay and not visiting your dentist regularly can lead to major oral health problems, including severe gum disease, or periodontitis. If you have neglected your teeth and gums, you are not alone. The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) claims that around three out of four adult Americans have some sort of gum disease. Whether they have the milder form of gingivitis or the more serious periodontitis, only three percent of these people receive treatment for their gum disease. As untreated gum disease can lead to chronic health problems like diabetes, certain types of cancer, and heart disease, the importance of treating gingivitis and periodontitis cannot be stressed enough. However, 97% of people with gum disease fail to seek treatment. We at West Meade Dental are familiar with gum disease patients’ reluctance to follow through with a treatment plan, and we have learned from experience and research by the AAP that there are a few myths about the treatment of gum disease. We would like to share with you some of the most common misconceptions, according to the AAP.

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Bleeding Gums Is Not a Big Deal.

On the contrary, one of the main signs of gum disease is red, swollen, and/or bleeding gums. If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, you need to schedule an appointment with West Meade Dental to assess the health of your gums. If you do have a form of gum disease, we can begin treating it as soon as possible to prevent it from developing further.

I Do Not Have to Floss Every Day.

Along with brushing your teeth after every meal and before bedtime, flossing your teeth at least once a day can best prevent gum disease. According to a recent survey, only 13% of Americans regularly floss every day. If you want to avoid gum disease complications, flossing once a day is essential.

The Treatment Procedures Will Be Scary.

Many patients fear periodontal treatment because they think it will be painful and scary. However, we at West Meade Dental will do whatever we can to ensure your comfort at all times during your treatment.

If I Lose a Tooth Because of Gum Disease, I Can Never Replace It.

A leading cause of tooth loss in adults, gum disease left untreated leads to missing teeth. To correct this problem, West Meade Dental can replace these teeth with dental implants. A permanent way to replace teeth with a 98% success rate, dental implants can restore your smile and improve your speaking ability. The AAP found that approximately 70% of patients were extremely satisfied with their dental implants.

If you have noticed signs of gum disease, contact West Meade Dental to schedule an assessment appointment. The quicker we can begin treatment of your form of gum disease, the healthier your mouth (and the rest of your body) will be.

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Tips on Teaching Your Kids Good Dental Habits

Teaching your kids healthy dental habits is an important part of parenting. You want to put your children on the right path to good oral health, and instilling daily dental habits is one of the best ways to do this. At West Meade Dental, we are often asked by parents for tips on how to teach their kids these essential habits as some parents find this task to be challenging. We would like to share some of these tips that we found from the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) to help you teach your kids good dental habits.

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Do Not Make Brushing Your Teeth Seem Like a Chore.

The last thing you want to do is make your children feel like they are being forced to brush their teeth. A good way to get your children in the habit of brushing their teeth twice a day is to lead by example. Let your kids see you brush your teeth every morning and night, and get them to brush along with you. Until your kids reach the age of six or seven, they will need your assistance with brushing. You can make this even more fun for your kids by letting them help you brush your teeth as well.

Buy Fun Toothbrushes and Flavored Toothpaste.

Get your kids toothbrushes in their favorite colors or ones that feature their favorite cartoon characters. Present these brushes as a gift to create excitement for your children. Also, when buying kids’ toothpaste, bring your children to the store with you and allow them to pick out their favorite flavors. Always try to involve your kids in decision-making process when buying dental supplies.

Get Creative with a Song or a Story About Good Dental Habits.

Making these dental habits a fun thing to do is essential when teaching your kids these habits. If your kids like to sing, make up a song about brushing their teeth with them to sing whenever they brush. If they have a favorite song, let them listen to this song as they brush. You can even tell them they need to brush during the chorus of the song. Creating a story time during teeth brushing is another fun way to instill this habit. Try telling a story that incorporates mythical characters. For example, the knight can be the toothbrush who battles goblins (plaque) in the dragon’s cave, or your child’s mouth. If you do not feel that creative, you can always tell your kids their favorite stories as they are brushing their teeth as well.

Set Specific Times for Brushing Teeth.

Of course, you should have your kids brush your teeth in the morning and at night before going to bed, but you should also get them in the habit of brushing their teeth immediately after eating candy and other sugary foods and drinking sodas and other sugar-filled drinks.

If you would like to know more tips on teaching your kids healthy dental habits, contact West Meade Dental. Our staff is happy to help you with this important task.

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