Gum disease is present in almost half of adults in the U.S. You might not have pain, but you should watch out for other symptoms that indicate gum disease:
- Gums that are swollen, bleeding, or tender.
- Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth that doesn’t go away.
- Receding gum-line, or gums moving away from the tooth.
- Teeth that have come loose.
- Pus you can see around the teeth or gums.
If you have any of these symptoms, come in to our office for an exam.
The earliest stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. Fortunately, gingivitis is reversible through simple oral care. A professional cleaning in our office will take care of you, followed by regular daily habits of brushing and flossing.
What is Periodontitis?
When gum disease advances, it is called periodontitis. Periodontitis can lead to tissue loss and bone deterioration. Treatment might include a deep cleaning along with scaling and root planing. Severe periodontitis might require surgery to repair gum tissue or other problems caused by gum disease.
Sometimes periodontitis becomes highly aggressive and destructive. Rapid tissue or bone loss points to aggressive periodontitis. Recent research also suggests that periodontitis can be linked to other systemic problems like diabetes or stroke.
Gum disease can have very few symptoms, which is why it’s important to visit your dentist every six months for an exam and cleaning. Some things that increase your risk of gum disease are tobacco use, genetics, pregnancy, diabetes, and certain medications. Dr. Osundeko can examine your oral health in our office and make sure your mouth and gums are healthy.
Prevention of gum disease is important, and the best way you can do that is by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Visiting our office for an exam and cleaning is also helpful in periodontitis prevention. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.