Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is a degenerative condition that affects millions of people in the United States alone. Gum disease is typically caused by a buildup of harmful bacteria, which is most commonly found in plaque. When plaque builds up on and around the teeth, the bacteria within the plaque causes the gum tissues to become infected and inflamed. If left untreated, gum disease can progress into a more devastating condition that results in receding gum lines, bone loss, tooth loss, and even issues with your overall health.
While gum disease is a common condition, it often goes undetected for some time because the early stages produce minimal or no discomfort. However, some of the most common signs of gum disease that you can look for include:
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Painful chewing
- Receding gum line
- Persistent bad breath
- Teeth that look longer than normal
If you notice any of these signs, it is important that you visit your dentist as soon as possible. Keeping your regular dental checkups can also be a good way to catch gum disease early on, as your hygienist and dentist will examine your mouth for common signs. If you have developed gum disease, our dentist can help you know which treatments are right for you, based on the severity of your condition. If your gum disease has progressed to periodontal disease, you may require more complex treatments, such as gum surgery.
For more information about periodontal disease and the treatments that we offer, we invite you to contact our office today. We look forward to helping you maintain healthy gums and a healthy smile!