Approximately 80% of Americans have some level of gum disease. Gum disease that is not treated can increase the risk for other overall health problems. Heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Parkinsonâ€™s Disease, Alzheimerâ€™s disease, and pre-term labor are among the unpleasant possibilities. As a founding member of AAOSH, the American Academy…
Approximately 80% of Americans have some level of gum disease. Gum disease that is not treated can increase the risk for other overall health problems. Heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Parkinsonâ€™s Disease, Alzheimerâ€™s disease, and pre-term labor are among the unpleasant possibilities. As a founding member of AAOSH, the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health, your Knoxville dentist, Dr. Jim Erpenbach, is passionate about preventing gum disease. Try this quiz to learn more.
Q1. True or false â€“ For the best oral health, you should visit your dentist once a year for a checkup and cleaning.
Q2. True or false â€“ Education is one of the elements involved in preventing gum disease.
Q3. True or false â€“ DNA can help stop gum disease before it starts.
A1. FALSE â€“ You should actually go to the dentist for checkups/cleanings every six months. Unfortunately, only about 24% of the American population follows this recommendation. Itâ€™s never too late to start, however. If you already have periodontal disease, at the very least, your dentist will be able to recommend treatment options to halt the progression of gum disease.
A2. TRUE â€“ Your dentist and dental hygienist have an important role in educating you about your preventive oral hygiene routine. Dental hygienists are terrific teachers and are happy to impart wisdom upon you about gum disease and other dental issues. Tips and encouragement for the best brushing and flossing techniques await you when you go to your Knoxville dentist office.
A3. TRUE â€“ OralDNA testing involves amazing technology that will help determine your predisposition to gum disease. If you already have gum disease, OralDNA can help target a treatment plan to suit your unique situation. OralDNA tests can be done with a sample of saliva which makes it easy and pain-free for patients.
Gum Disease Prevention from Knoxville Dentist
Your Knoxville dentist offers regular cleanings, deep cleanings, and OralDNA tests. If you would like to schedule an appointment to see the dental hygienist and Dr. Erpenbach, you can call 865-584-8630 and schedule an appointment at ourÃ‚?37919 dentist office. We welcome patients from Knoxville and the greater metropolitan area.