Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a bacterial infection of the gums and bone that support your teeth. It is caused by the build-up of plaque and tartar when teeth are not routinely brushed and flossed.
There are two major stages of periodontal disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis affects only the gums. It is the first stage of gum disease, and if appropriately treated, can be reversed. However, when gingivitis is left untreated, it will turns into periodontitis. During this more damaging disease stage, bacteria infiltrate deeper into the gum tissue and jaw bone. The bacterial toxins destroy the gum tissue and bone and teeth become mobile and loose.
Research shows that almost fifty percent of American adults over the age of 30 have mild, moderate or severe gum disease. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Furthermore, it is also possible to have gum disease without experiencing any symptoms or pain. The best way to avoid or manage gum disease is by practicing good dental hygiene and visiting your Dr. Nugent’s office regularly.
You may be at risk for periodontal disease if any of the following apply to you:
- Lack of routine dental visits
- Systematic diseases
- Tobacco and alcohol use
What are some warning signs of gum disease?
There is not usually any pain associated with gum disease. Thus, gum disease is considered a “silent” disease because pain does not always accompany warning signs. It is vital to see Dr. Nugent if you experience:
- Changes to your Teeth, Bite or Dental Work
- Loose, mobile, or separating teeth
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- Removable partial dentures that no longer fit properly
- Changes to Your Gums
- Redness, puffiness, tenderness or swelling of your gums
- Gums that are pulling away (receding) from your teeth, causing them to look longer
- Gums that bleed while brushing teeth or using dental floss
- Bad Breath or Odd Taste in Your Mouth
- Bad breath
- Foul taste in your mouth
- Sores in Your Mouth
- Pus between your gums and teeth
- A sore or irritation in your mouth that does not get better within two weeks
Non-Surgical Treatment of Gum Disease
Scaling and root planning is the non-surgical treatment of choice for fighting bacterial infections of gum disease. Scaling and root planning involves careful removal of plaque and tarter from the tooth roots. Plus, the hygienist will remove dangerous bacteria and toxins from deep beneath your gums.
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