February is Gum Disease Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the importance of oral health and the prevention of gum disease. At All About Braces in Denver, North Aurora, and Lakewood, Colorado, we understand the connection between orthodontic treatment and gum health. In fact, orthodontics can play a critical role in the prevention and treatment of gum disease.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection that affects the gums and bones supporting the teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and other serious health problems. The most common symptoms of gum disease include red, swollen, or bleeding gums, bad breath, and loose teeth.
The Connection Between Orthodontics and Gum Disease
Orthodontic treatment can help prevent and treat gum disease in several ways.
- Improving bite alignment: Crooked or crowded teeth can make it difficult to properly clean the gums and teeth, leading to an increased risk of gum disease. Orthodontic treatment can straighten teeth, making it easier to brush and floss properly.
- Reducing plaque buildup: Braces and other orthodontic appliances can trap plaque and food particles, making it easier for our hygienists to clean your teeth and gums.
- Improving overall oral health: By straightening teeth and improving bite alignment, orthodontic treatment can improve overall oral health and reduce the risk of gum disease.
At All About Braces, we understand the importance of gum health and the role that orthodontics can play in preventing and treating gum disease. If you’re concerned about your gum health or are looking for orthodontic treatment, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can visit our Contact Us page on our website to request an appointment. Let us help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile