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This is a five-star dental practice, conscious of patient needs and careful to accommodate those needs while providing excellent dental care and education.

- Tom D.

Our family dentistry practice of South Longview addresses gum disease for all ages

Regardless of the stage of life you are in, your dentist will advise you in the ways of excellent oral hygiene. This is to maintain healthy teeth and gums, and to protect overall health. We encourage brushing and flossing teeth two times a day, at a minimum, as these practices are the most effective way of consistently removing small particles of food, as well as bacteria, from the teeth and gums.

Gum disease is a condition that requires a watchful eye, as well as recognition of risk factors, which can change throughout life. We know that the older population is at an increased risk for the development of gum disease. Therefore, extra attention to detail is important. Our family dentistry practice of South Longview addresses each patient individually, providing personalized care for all ages.

Current data shows that more than fifty percent of people over the age of 55 experience periodontal disease. Further statistics reveal that gum tissue in many older adults has receded away from tooth structure due to periodontal disease. Because gum tissue is a vital support to stable teeth, and actually keeps teeth from loosening or falling out, it is incredibly important to keep gums as healthy as possible. This means that gum disease should be carefully watched for, and addressed in its early stages.

Our bodies undergo several changes as we go through life. These natural transformations within the body can create physical symptoms. For instance, we develop fine lines and wrinkles after the production of collagen is slowed. As the body produces less hyaluronic acid, our joints may begin to stiffen. Oral health is no different, with the state of gum health directly related to a drop in the chemical Del-1, according to one study, published in Nature Immunology.

The hands of time cannot be stopped. Our bodies will age. This does not mean, however, that we must accept disease as a part of the process. Your dentist in Longview works with you to determine your specific risk factors, and devise a plan of action that will inhibit the bacterial activity that causes gum disease. Daily brushing and flossing is the leading way of keeping teeth and gums healthy. Avoiding sugary, acidic foods is also recommended. Such snacks can be traded for fresh, crunchy vegetables that naturally clean plaque and debris from teeth.

We are committed to providing excellent dental care for your whole family. Contact us today for your appointment.
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