Gum Disease Warning Signs

 
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Normal, Healthy Gums

Periodontal disease, also referred to as gum disease, is an infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Because periodontal (gum) disease is usually painless, however, you may not know you have it.

Periodontal (gum) disease is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on the teeth. These bacteria create toxins that can damage the gums.

In the early stage of periodontal disease, called gingivitis, the gums can become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by daily brushing and flossing.

In the more advanced stages of periodontal disease, called periodontists, the gums and bone that support the teeth can become seriously damaged. The teeth can become loose, fall out or have to be removed by a dentist.

There are several warning signs that can signal a problem:

  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Red, swollen, tender gums
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste
  • Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
  • Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • Any change in the fit of partial dentures

Gum disease treatment is available.  Call Hall Family Dentistry or send an email for more information.

Why is a Gum Disease Treatment Plan Important?

 
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Periodontitis

If you fail to respond proactively to periodontal disease there will be consequences, and, in fact potential associated dangers, such as:

  • An increased risk of heart disease
  • Strokes
  • Diabetes complications such as difficulty in controlling blood sugar levels

Smoking and systemic diseases such as diabetes are well-known and established risk factors for periodontal disease.  Other factors that increase risk include:

  • Some types of medication such as steroids, some types of anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer  therapy drugs, some calcium channel blockers and oral contraceptives
  • Bridges that no longer fit properly
  • Crooked teeth
  • Fillings that have become defective
  • Pregnancy or use of oral contraceptives

We highly recommend commitment to a complete oral care program and improved dental hygiene.  Call us for to learn more about an effective gum disease treatment that nearly always corrects the problem.

Periodontal Disease Can Affect More Than Just Your Teeth

 

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Advanced Periodontists

Periodontal disease is considered to be the primary culprit in adult tooth loss.It is the result of plaque, a sticky bacteria film that collects on your teeth, growing out of control.

You may not realize that it has also been known to affect more than just your teeth, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes complications
  • Premature birth

If caught early, there is an effective gum disease treatment that first involves professional cleaning to remove the plaque and tartar.  Secondly, this gum disease treatment along with improved brushing and flossing habits will almost always correct the problem.

To learn more, call Hall Family Dentistry or send us an email. 480-616-2688