Between baking festive cookies and indulging in seasonal candy canes, gum health is often the last thing on our minds during the holidays. Unfortunately, these sweets can wreak havoc on teeth and gums. Eating too many candy canes and confections leads to a buildup of sugar and plaque on teeth. This buildup not only creates problems, but also exacerbates existing ones.
If you already have mild gum disease, one too many sweets could put you on the fast track to gum disease treatment. For a healthy smile this season and beyond, take it from our office and moderate sugar intake, brush and floss daily, and see your periodontist at the first sign of trouble.
Gingivitis, or inflamed gums, is the earliest stage of gum disease. The longer plaque and bacteria remain on teeth, the more they irritate gums and worsen problems, which could turn into the permanent phase of gingivitis: periodontitis.
You may have gingivitis if you notice any of the following symptoms:
Swollen or tender gums can also be indicators of gingivitis. Fortunately, this phase of gum disease is typically reversible with a rigid cleaning regimen and consultation with your periodontist. If gingivitis worsens, the tooth pocket can grow too deep to treat with brushing and flossing alone.
The best way to promote gum health this season is to limit sugar intake and engage in daily brushing and flossing. If you notice symptoms of gingivitis, notify our office as soon as possible for gum disease treatment. There are numerous options available, from minimally-invasive and cutting-edge techniques such as LANAP and Chao Pinhole to aesthetic procedures such as gingivectomy and guided tissue regeneration. Talking to Dr. Toback early will ensure you catch and eliminate issues before they turn into permanent problems and help you identify the best course of treatment. Contact the New London, CT office to make an appointment.