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Gum Disease Awareness Month: How Orthodontists Can Help

At Crane & Seager Orthodontics, located in Fort Collins and Loveland, CO, we are committed to promoting oral health and educating our patients on the importance of preventing and treating gum disease. 


What is Gum Disease? 

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums and bone that support the teeth. It is caused by a buildup of plaque and tartar, which can lead to inflammation, bleeding, and eventually, tooth loss. 


How Orthodontists Can Help 

As orthodontists, we not only focus on straightening teeth, but also on ensuring that our patients have healthy gums. During regular check-ups, we will examine your gums for signs of disease and recommend appropriate treatment if necessary. 


Preventing Gum Disease 

Regular brushing and flossing, along with regular dental cleanings, are the best ways to prevent gum disease. We also recommend that our patients with braces take extra care to clean around their braces and under the wires to prevent plaque buildup. 


Treatment for Gum Disease 

If gum disease is caught early, it can often be treated with a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing. In more advanced cases, surgery may be necessary. We will work with your general dentist to develop the appropriate treatment plan for you. 


At Crane & Seager Orthodontics, we are dedicated to helping our patients achieve and maintain healthy gums. If you have any concerns about your gum health, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can find our contact information on our website. Let’s work together to keep your gums healthy!