June 2nd is National Leave the Office Early Day, and that means workers like yourself will be taking time off for the afternoon and looking for ways to get ahead on some of their personal goals. That makes it an ideal day to book in your next periodontal appointment, especially if you know you are at risk for gum disease. Regular monitoring of your periodontal health is vital if you are at risk of the disease or you are trying to treat it, so make sure you make an appointment to talk to your periodontist about gingivitis.
Risks of Untreated Gum Disease
Periodontal disease is one of the most serious things that can happen to your mouth, and knowing what can happen if it goes untreated is usually enough motivation to make patients want to follow up:
• Loss of gum tissue leading to recession and possibly loose/lost teeth
• Loss of jawbone mass in severe cases
• Secondary infections spread through the bloodstream, including some life threatening infections
• Permanent alteration of the smile and facial profile
To avoid these outcomes, treatment is important, and the best treatment is early detection. The sooner you know whether you are at risk for periodontal disease, the more care you can take to treat symptoms as they arise, possibly even deferring the onset of the disease or preventing it entirely.
How Your Periodontist Helps
Since your periodontal specialist is dedicated to gum health and the treatment of gum diseases, Dr. Eastman is your go-to resource for both education and treatment help. Regular appointments for cleaning can involve procedures that remove bacteria and help prevent the spread of infection as well as procedures designed to monitor the progress of symptoms, including symptoms that might not have manifested yet.
Take your time off and make an appointment to see your periodontal specialist when you participate in National Leave the Office Early Day. Call now.