Often called the silent disease because there is often little or no discomfort accompanying it, periodontal disease affects 75% of American adults. Left untreated, periodontal disease can develop into gingivitis and periodontitis, causing significant damage to the bone, gums and tissue that support your teeth.
Periodontal diseases range from simple gum inflammation to serious disease that can result in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. In the worst cases, teeth are lost. Whether your gum disease is stopped, slowed, or gets worse depends a great deal on how well you care for your teeth and gums every day from this point forward.
Despite being known as the “silent disease”
Periodontal disease does have some symptoms, including:
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Gums are tender to the touch
Risk factors for periodontal disease include:
- Smoking or using tobacco products
- Having adult teeth extracted
- Family history of gum disease
- Pregnancy (hormonal changes increase the sensitivity of the gums)
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Not seeing a dentist regularly
The best prevention for periodontal diseases is good oral hygiene. Brush and floss regularly. Keep up with bi-annual dental hygiene appointments. Avoid the use of tobacco products.
Treating periodontal disease:
Once it has been determined that you have periodontal disease, your dentist or hygienist will likely suggest a deep cleaning, which involves scaling the tartar from above and below the gum line. Additionally, your provider may suggest root planing, which gets rid of rough spots on the tooth root where the germs gather, and helps remove bacteria that contribute to the disease.
If you have one or more of the symptoms of periodontal disease, give us a call at 508-812-4130 to schedule a consultation to discuss what treatment may be best for you.