Gum disease affects 1 in 2 Americans, about 65 million people, according to the American Academy of Periodontology. Gum disease is an inflammatory condition that may cause damage to the tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. By committing to lifelong care of your gums and visiting the dentist regularly, you can prevent gum disease.
Dr. Steven Hatcher and his wife and colleague, Dr. Sona Isharani, in Greensboro, NC focus on providing excellent dental and periodontal care to ensure healthy smiles. They are happy to explain how to keep the mouth, teeth, and gums as healthy as possible. They want their patients to have smiles they are proud to show and keep radiant. Therefore, it is important to follow these tips:
- Avoid using tobacco – Smoking and chewing tobacco can wreak havoc on the mouth, teeth, and gums as well as overall health. We recommend avoiding this habit to keep your oral health in excellent condition.
- Brush and floss – It is critical to brush for at least two minutes at least twice a day. Hold the toothbrush at a slight angle to the gums when brushing your teeth. Flossing will help you remove food and debris trapped between the teeth and gums. We recommend flossing before bedtime and are happy to teach our patients proper flossing techniques.
- Maintain dental check-ups – We recommend visiting our team at least twice a year for professional cleanings and examinations. These biannual visits will help us detect any potential issues and create preventive care plans to ensure optimal oral health.
Symptoms of gum disease include bleeding gums when brushing or flossing, tender or swollen gums, bad breath, and sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages. If you notice any of these symptoms, we recommend promptly contacting our office. There are several treatments available for gum disease. The effects of gum disease can be reversed when it is caught in its earliest stage.
To schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, call our friendly and knowledgeable team at (336) 383-1482. We can tailor preventive care plans to meet your individual needs and help you keep your mouth, teeth, and gums in excellent condition.
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Dr. Steven Hatcher
A graduate from the University of North Carolina, Dr. Hatcher
majored in biology and completed his undergraduate studies there. At UNC, he was awarded a cancer research grant from the National Institutes of Health after which he graduated from dental school.
Dr. Hatcher is a passionate and driven professional who strives to preserve and enhance natural beauty in every dental treatment. He is keen on developing an individualist approach when it comes to treating his patients to ensure patient care is a tailor-made experience for the comfort of each client.