Many adults have some form of gum disease. Periodontal disease (gum disease) can range from mild inflammation of the gums to serious issues that can cause tooth loss. The key is early diagnosis and treatment. Followed by a regular dental hygiene routine to keep plaque and gingivitis at a minimum between your visits to the dentists.
Do I have gum disease?
Symptoms of gum disease can range from bad breath to bleeding gums. Below is a list of warning signs, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should consult Meyers Family Dental for an examination.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease:
Bleeding or Tender Gums
Persistent Bad Breath
Receding gums, may appear as if more tooth is showing
What causes Gum Disease?
Over 500 different bacteria live in our mouth, and when mixed with mucous this forms plaque. If plaque is not removed it hardens and causes tartar. Tartar can only be removed by your dental hygienist in a professional cleaning. When plaque is allowed to build up at the gum line it irritates the connective tissue that holds the teeth in place. If left untreated it can destroy the bone resulting tooth loss.
Who gets gums disease?
Anyone who does not maintain good oral health is at risk. However, smokers, diabetics and those on certain medication are at a higher risk. It is always important to share your health history with your dentist. Dr. Meyers will look for risk factors to be proactive in your treatment plan.