What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is caused by bacterial build-up in the mouth, often stemming from plaque and tartar. The condition ranges from mild inflammation of the gums to serious damage of the soft tissue and bones in jaw. Left untreated, gum disease will destroy teeth and lead to more serious health conditions. Studies have linked periodontal disease to an increased risk of stroke, heart attack and blood sugar issues.
What are the signs?
You may be surprised to know that the condition isn't always painful. However, the following signs may indicate the development of the disease:
- Persistent bad breath
- Red or swollen gums
- Tender or bleeding gums
- Painful chewing
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Receding gums or longer-appearing teeth
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it's important to know that gum disease does not go away. Putting off treatment will only worsen the condition down the road. The best course of care is early treatment.
How is it treated?
Depending on the severity of your condition, simple non-surgical treatments (such as scaling and root planing) can improve the health of your gums. In more advanced cases, dental implants and more aggressive treatments may be necessary. Whatever stage your gum disease may be at, there are options.
Throughout your care, our team gives you our full respect and undivided attention. We know that gum disease can be a frightening situation and we are dedicated to giving you a confident and proactive approach to help you overcome your condition.
Are there risk factors?
Yes. Certain factors and lifestyle choices may increase your risk of developing periodontal disease. These factors include:
- Hormonal changes in females
- Other illnesses (including AIDS and cancer) and their treatments
- Certain prescription and over-the-counter medications
If you are affected by any of these lifestyle habits or health conditions, we are happy to create a custom treatment plan to protect your gums and teeth.
Ready to start the path to healthy gums?
Don't wait until it's too late! If you are experiencing swollen, bleeding or painful gums, please call us today. We are dedicated to helping you achieve a healthy smile!Schedule an Appointment