We provide Periodontal Evaluation and Treatment
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is a serious bacterial infection that attacks the gums and bones that support your teeth. If the disease is left untreated, it can lead to gum recession, pocketing around the teeth, and eventually tooth loss. For Americans in their 30's and beyond, the threat of periodontal disease (gum disease) is more likely. According to the American Dental Association, 70% percent of Americans over the age of 40 have some form of periodontal disease. Unfortunately, 50 percent of Americans do not receive regular dental care.
There are two main stages of Periodontal Disease:
Gingivitis, the mildest form, usually causes little or no discomfort. Your gums may appear red or swollen, and they bleed easily. Fortunately, gingivitis is the first and early stage of gum disease and only effects the gums. However, it can be reversed with immediate and proper treatment at the dentist's office followed by consistent good oral hygiene and home care. Untreated gingivitis can advance and lead to:
What if your gums and teeth don't hurt?
Periodontal disease generally is painless. So even if your gums and teeth don't hurt, you should be on the lookout for signs of infection, including:
- Gums that bleed, especially when brushing or flossing your teeth
- Gums that are red, swollen, or unusually shiny
- Receding gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus that appears between your teeth and gums
- Teeth that feel loose or feel different when you bite together
- Partial dentures that don't feel like they fit right
Are you ignoring tooth pain?
As periodontal disease progresses, you may begin to experience increasing sensitivity in your teeth and soreness in your gums. Don't become a statistic of neglect! People who wait until problems arise are more likely to wait too long to get proper dental care and end up with problems that are both more serious in scope and more difficult to treat. In contrast, people who prefer to take a more proactive, healthier, and smarter approach to dental care have minimal problems that are easier and less costly to treat.
Whether or not you and your family members are currently experiencing any oral pain, it's important to have regular checkups. You shouldn't wait for a painful emergency. The best approach is to prevent dental problems now.