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With suitable care, gum disease can be prevented. Unfortunately, our diets and lifestyles don’t often lead to a gum-disease-free oral cavity, so we need to take precautions and be extra cognizant of periodontal disease and its effects. Here’s a quick rundown on gum disease for you.

Whenever you come into our office, we’ll check your mouth to see if you have periodontal disease. To determine whether you may have gum disease, Dr. Gary Shmurak can do some different things. They will first look at your medical history and see if there are any factors (such as smoking) that could have probably contributed to the growth of periodontal disease. They can also examine your oral cavity for signs of tartar accrual, bacterial sacks on the gums and swollen or bloody gums, and they might also measure the space between your chompers. Finally, Dr. Gary Shmurak may suggest X-rays in some cases to look at bone loss.

Combatting gum disease is important for numerous reasons. Firstly, periodontal disease can consume away at your chompers, gums and bones. A mouth with periodontal disease is not a healthy oral cavity. Secondly, not only does gum disease affect your oral cavity, but it can also affect the rest of your body; bacterial infection from gum disease might be a contributor to heart and lung illnesses, so do all you can to foil it or treat it.

A large part of dealing with periodontal disease is making regular appointments to a dentist’s office. When was the last time you visited the Apex Dental Care team in Chalfont, Pennsylvania? Give them a call now at 215-996-9968 to pencil in your next appointment with Dr. Gary Shmurak and keep your dental health on track.