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Your oral health and image are a reflection of your overall general health. One insidious “invader” to your oral well-being is gum disease (also known as “periodontal disease”). Gum disease is a serious gum infection that harms the gums and can destroy the jawbone if it’s left untreated. Other potential risks of untreated gum disease are strokes and heart attacks, and it also worsens diabetes.

How can gum disease be so detrimental to a person’s health? The bacteria from your mouth gets into your blood stream and travels to other organs in your body, causing damage elsewhere.

Gum disease is one to prevent at all costs, so you can maintain your oral health. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to prevent gum disease, and attending your dental checkups is one of them.

Since gum disease does not hurt, it requires a dentist or periodontist to diagnose it in time to prevent it from getting worse and causing bone loss and eventually tooth loss. Your dental checkups are vital when keeping gum disease at bay. This is because the cleaning treatment provided removes the plaque and tartar from your teeth and gum line, which are the substances that can create gum disease. These substances need to be removed often, otherwise you can suffer the consequences. Unfortunately, your traditional oral hygiene routine can’t always remove plaque and tartar for you.

So, please make sure to attend your regular dental appointments every six months. If you are more prone to gum disease, your dental professional may recommend attending your regular appointments more frequently, like every three to four months.

Your dental checkups are great when preventing gum disease, but they can also help you prevent and detect other oral health and health issues, like cavities, oral cancer, enamel erosion, gum recession, anemia and more!

If you are due for your next dental cleaning and exam, call Dr. Anne Nicholas and her team of specialists who are serving in Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage and the surrounding areas of the Coachella Valley at the Palm Desert Center. They can be reached by phone at 760-851-0314 or at their office in Palm Desert, California.