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The Importance of Gum Disease Prevention

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Boxing Gloves Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a stealthy – and fierce – opponent. It works quietly at first, often presenting no symptoms but always preparing to do damage. Your Harrisonburg VA dentists – Dr. Scott Dunaway, Dr. Marion Messmer, and Dr. Beulah Warf – are at the ready, prepared to battle gum disease and give you a healthy, happy smile!

The Stages of Gum Disease

Called gingivitis in the early stage, gum disease is a chronic inflammatory condition impacting the gums. If not addressed, gingivitis can progress to more damaging stages of the disease. In its most severe form, gum disease can cause tooth, gum, and bone deterioration. In fact, gum disease is a leading cause of adult tooth loss.

Gum Disease: A Whole-Body Health Problem

The link between gum disease and systemic health conditions has been proven time and again. The bacteria that cause gum disease can contribute to whole-body health issues, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Low birth weight
  • Diabetes complications
  • Osteoporosis

Studies continue to illustrate the toll gum-disease-causing bacteria can take on the entire body. Recent research indicates that gum disease can even increase pneumonia risk.

Partnering for Success

At our Harrisonburg dental office, we take a multi-pronged approach to fight gum disease. We’ll educate you about the causes of gum disease and give you tips and tools to prevent it. Our hygienists perform thorough dental cleanings to remove the hardened plaque that contributes to gum disease. Your initial exam and six-month checkups will include a thorough evaluation of your gum tissue. To treat gum disease, we offer a variety of non-surgical treatments that renew periodontal health.

We want to help you stay healthy. Call our Harrisonburg dentist’s office today to schedule an appointment.

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