Periodontal (Gum) disease is not only the leading cause of tooth loss, but also has been shown to raise the risk factor for several potential health issues including stroke and heart disease. While gum disease typically begins with gingivitis, half of Americans aged 30 and above have a more advanced form of gum disease known as periodontitis.
Sometimes the early stages of gum disease can be invisible and painless. However, here is a brief list of some common and noticeable symptoms:
Though dental hygiene issues are a common cause, patients who brush and floss daily are still at risk.
All mouths contain bacteria and the development of periodontal issues depends upon your body’s response to that bacteria.
Your DNA may leave you more at risk, or more protected from gum disease.
Smoking and other unhealthy lifestyle choices can open the door to periodontal concerns in your mouth.
Inflammation from bacteria may cause gums to be red, swell, and bleed. If you have any of these symptoms, we highly recommend you seek treatment as soon as possible.
Left untreated, gingivitis can progress to the next stage. Periodontitis occurs when gums begin to separate from the teeth leading to infected pockets. Toxins from the bacteria combined with the body’s response to the infection can erode supporting bone and tissue, eventually causing tooth loss.
While the symptoms listed above do not guarantee that you are on your way to Periodontal disease, we highly recommend that you bring any gum issues to our attention. Catching it early is key to stopping it before it has a wider impact. Dr. Kyle and his experienced team of dental professionals will be able to quickly assess your situation and recommend treatment solutions.
Beyond more frequent dental visits and a course of antibiotics, we also offer more involved Periodontal treatments.
As the most common non-surgical methods to treat gum disease before it becomes severe, scaling and root planing reach where flossing and brushing cannot. A special dental tool is used during the procedure to get down to the roots by removing the bacteria and tartar that have gathered below the gum line.
Sometimes referred to as pocket reduction surgery or gingivectomy, we perform laser periodontal surgery to gain access to the tooth roots to remove tartar and disease-causing bacteria. This approach can reduce bacterial spread, prevent bone loss, enhance the smile, and facilitate more effective home hygiene care.
If you have questions about your gum health, our experienced team is ready to help!Schedule a Periodontal Consultation