What is Gum Disease?
According to the American Dental Association, at least 60% of adults in the United States have moderate-to-severe gum disease!
You have probably heard some of the terms: Plaque, Tartar, Calculus, Gingivitis, Periodontitis, Pyorrhea, Periodontal Disease, Gum Disease
Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease) starts when plaque and tartar (calculus) are allowed to amass at the base of your teeth. The bacteria in the plaque leads to a localized infection in the gums (gingiva) called Gingivitis. If this condition is left untreated, the infection spreads to the tissue and bone that holds your teeth in place, a condition called Periodontitis (Pyorrhea). Because of the bacterial infection associated with Periodontitis, tooth abscesses are also common.
What are the Signs of Gum Disease?
Gum Disease is very rarely painful, especially in the early stages.
Some of the common signs of Gum Disease are:
- Persistent bad breath
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss (healthy gums will not bleed)
- Gums that are red, swollen, or tender
- Loose permanent teeth or separating (drifting) teeth
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth (receded)
- Pus (infection) between the teeth and gums
- Changes in the way your teeth fit together when chewing
What are the Dangers of Gum Disease?
Gum Disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults.
Is There a Cure?
Scaling and Root Planing can effectively be used to treat and control even advanced cases of Periodontitis. However, the more advanced the disease, the more likely it will lead to tooth loss. Prevention and Early Detection are your best defenses against Gum Disease. It is critical to catch and treat Gum Disease early because the destruction of bone and tissue cannot be reversed.
How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?
Even the best “brushers” in the world will still naturally build up tartar on their teeth. Even patients with “healthy” gums and teeth should see their dentist regularly to remove the build-up of tartar and check for the formation of new cavities. Patients with Gum Disease, or patients that build up large amounts of tartar, may need to have their teeth cleaned frequently to help control the amount of bacteria in the mouth. In fact, Dr. Nugent gets his teeth cleaned every 4 months to prevent gum disease. At your regular teeth cleaning appointments, we evaluate the condition of your gums.
A thorough exam, which includes x-rays, visual inspection, and an analysis of hard and soft tissue, helps determine the health of your gums. If you are overdue for your teeth cleaning, call us at 713-941-8261 today. Or visit us at 3421 Burke Rd STE A, Pasadena, Texas 77504.