It’s easy to take good oral health for granted. Unfortunately, dental health isn’t a priority for most people until something goes wrong.
Dr. Angie Rhodes emphasizes the importance of preventive exams and cleanings to stop problems like periodontal disease before they start and to keep your teeth healthy.
Gum Disease Affects Millions of People
In America, gum disease is a huge problem. The Centers for Disease Control conducted a study that shows that nearly 65 million Americans have some degree of gum disease. While this is a serious oral health problem, gum disease can have an impact on your quality of life as well.
How Gum Disease Impacts Quality of Life
In its early stages, you might not even see any signs of gum disease. But as the disease progresses, you will gradually notice tenderness, bleeding gums, receding gums, and pain.
These symptoms certainly impact your oral health, but you may not think about the ways your quality of life is also affected. If you have a dental problem like advanced gum disease, you may not only experience discomfort, but also some embarrassment about not having a healthy smile. Every time you smile, you feel self-conscious, which reduces your confidence.
Likewise, every time you try to eat something, you are reminded that your smile isn’t as healthy as it should be. You may also find it increasingly difficult to brush comfortably, and if you are a denture wearer, you will most likely experience increased discomfort.
Get the Treatment You Need
Whatever condition your oral health is in right now, Dr. Angie Rhodes is here to help. Please don’t let untreated gum disease reduce your ability to enjoy life to its fullest.