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Smithfield Dentist Talks Teens and Gum Disease

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Gum disease doesn’t just impact adults. Teens can get it, too.

Gum disease doesn’t just impact adults. Teens can get it, too.

Periodontal disease (commonly called gum disease) doesn’t just impact adults. Teens can get it, too. This chronic infection of the gums produces an inflammatory response that can negatively impact oral and overall health. Gum disease has been linked to several whole-body health conditions, so it’s important to address it promptly in order to prevent or mitigate the damaging effects. In Smithfield NC, Dr. James Oldham cares for smiles of all ages. He helps teens and adults combat gum disease for healthy smiles and healthy bodies.

The Stages of Gum Disease

Gum disease can start out with few noticeable symptoms. The mildest form of the disease is called gingivitis, and it can cause gum tissue to appear red and puffy. Bleeding can also occur when brushing and flossing. Gingivitis is curable with proper care at home and a thorough dental cleaning.

As gum disease progresses, it begins to destroy the bonds that hold teeth and gums together. Teeth can loosen and drift, causing discomfort and impacting the way the top and bottom rows of teeth fit together.

The most damaging form of the disease is called periodontitis. In this stage, loss of teeth, gum tissue, and bone can occur. Tooth extraction may be necessary, as well as surgery to removed diseased gum tissue.

Preventing Gum Disease in Teens

Plaque buildup in the most common cause of gum disease. The bacteria in plaque feed on starchy, sugary foods and drinks. Plaque acids attack the teeth and gums to disrupt oral health. Proper brushing and flossing at least twice a day – and after snacking – can reduce plaque to keep teeth healthy. (Replacing sugary and/or starchy snacks with healthier alternatives is also a good idea.) And don’t forget to schedule dental cleanings at our Smithfield NC dentist’s office to keep gum disease at bay.

Stress and lack of sleep caused by cramming too many activities into the day can lessen the effectiveness of a teen’s immune system. Gum disease is an infection. When the body’s infection-fighting capabilities are diminished, gum disease can take hold.

Smoking also reduces the body’s ability healing response. Stopping smoking is a good idea for lots of reasons, including keeping gums healthy.

Braces can make teeth harder to clean. If your teen is undergoing orthodontic treatment, proper oral care and regular visits to the dentist are essential for good oral health.

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Call Smithfield NC dentist Dr. Oldham today to schedule an appointment for your teen and help prevent the damage of gum disease.

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