Why Be Concerned About Gum Disease?
Gum (periodontal) disease is a progressive oral infection. Caused by bacterial toxins, it is responsible for the destruction of bone around the teeth and can ultimately cause tooth loss. Gum disease has also been linked to a number of concerning health problems. Such conditions include heart disease and stroke, diabetes, certain cancers and pregnancy complications, among others. The good news is that with proper diagnosis and treatment, gum disease can be controlled. A gum disease screening from our friendly, knowledgeable team is a great place to start! We routinely evaluate for gum disease signs and symptoms to determine if the condition is present in your mouth.
Gum Disease Signs and Symptoms
Any sign or symptom of gum disease is reason for concern. And keep in mind, it is never normal for gums to bleed. If you notice any indication of gum disease, please contact us promptly for an evaluation.
Signs and symptoms of gum disease:
- Bleeding when brushing, flossing or eating
- Swollen, red or tender gums
- Presence of pus
- Bad breath
- Gum recession
- Loose teeth
- Deep spaces between teeth and gums
The Importance of Treating Gum Disease
Patients who have gum disease often experience one or more symptoms. However, in certain cases, no symptoms may be present. This is why it is so important to maintain regular dental checkups! The earlier we identify gum disease, the less damage it causes in the mouth and body. Gum disease will not improve on its own – professional care is necessary to stop the disease process and control its progression.
Gum Disease Treatments
Scaling and Root Planing
With this non-surgical gum disease treatment, we numb the gum tissues and gently remove plaque, tartar and bacteria from the root surfaces beneath the gum line. This allows the gum tissue to reattach to your teeth and reduces periodontal pocketing depths.
Periodontal maintenance includes very thorough cleanings and close monitoring of your periodontal condition. This type of on-going treatment is needed to help you manage oral bacteria and maintain gum health. When you have gum disease, bi-annual cleanings are not enough to control the condition. Periodontal maintenance visits are recommended every three to four months, and take the place of bi-annual prophy procedures.