What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a condition in which the gums begin to deteriorate due to bacterial infections. This is usually caused by a buildup of plaque around the teeth and under the gum line.
Is Gum Disease Serious?
Yes. Gum disease, if left untreated, can cause a range of symptoms, from soreness, bleeding, and bad breath, tooth loss, and other serious dental problems. Gum disease has been linked to many health conditions like diabetes, respiratory disease, prostate cancer, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, dementia, and low birth weight.
What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
Common symptoms of gum disease include soreness and bleeding of the gums, swelling of the gums, gum shrinking or a receding gum line, and teeth that feel loose or wobbly. Some patients also develop persistent bad breath or a sore throat because of gum disease.
What Treatments Are Available for Gum Disease?
We offer treatments for every stage of gum disease. For early gum problems, a thorough cleaning can often halt and even reverse the effects of gum disease. For more advanced gum problems, gum treatment might include a procedure called a root scale and planing. Other options include surgery to remove diseased or damaged tissue. Dr. George offers laser gum therapy, a noninvasive, nonsurgical option to remove tissue and heal gums.
How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?
The best way to prevent gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene habits of brushing and flossing every day. The American Dental Association recommends that you brush at least twice per day and floss at least once per day. Also, be sure to schedule (and keep!) your regular dental checkups with Dr. George. Not only can your dentist detect and treat gum disease in its earliest stages, but regular tooth cleanings can prevent gum disease from occurring in the first place.
Schedule your check up today. Call 724-934-3422.