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With suitable care, gum disease can be prevented. Unfortunately, our diets and lifestyles don’t usually lead to a gum-disease-free mouth, so we need to take precautions and be additionally mindful of periodontal disease and its effects. Here’s a rundown on periodontal disease for you.

Whenever you visit our office, we’ll check your mouth to see if you have gum disease. To determine whether you may have gum disease, Dr. Glenn Shefter can do a few different things. They will first evaluate your medical history and see if there are factors (such as smoking) that could have probably contributed to the growth of gum disease. They can also examine your oral cavity for signs of tartar buildup, bacterial sacks on the gums and swollen or bloody gums, and they may also measure the space between your pearly whites. Finally, Dr. Glenn Shefter may suggest X-rays in some cases to inspect bone loss.

Combatting periodontal disease is important for many reasons. Firstly, gum disease can eat away at your chompers, gums and bones. An oral cavity with periodontal disease is not a healthy oral cavity. Secondly, not only does periodontal disease affect your mouth, but it can also affect the remainder of your body; infection from periodontal disease may be a contributor to heart and lung illnesses, so do all you can to thwart it or treat it.

A big part of dealing with gum disease is making regular appointments to a dentist’s office. When was the last time you visited the Mountain Perio staff in Hendersonville, North Carolina? Give them a call now at (828) 693-7533 to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Glenn Shefter and keep your oral health on track.