Restore the health of your mouth
Periodontal disease, more widely known as gum disease, ranks as the single most common disease in the United States, affecting approximately 80 percent of American adults to some degree. Fortunately, regular periodontal screenings and appropriate oral hygiene regimens can help control it, which is why at Gentle Dental we encourage our patients to schedule regular periodontal oral examinations. Since periodontal disease often manifests no symptoms in its earliest stages, it is important even if you are not experiencing discomfort or signs of infection to seek routine periodontal care by an experienced periodontal professional.
Periodontal disease affects 80% of American adults. Regular screenings and oral hygiene regimens can help to
Notify your dentist right away if you have any of the following warning signs of gum disease:
– Bleeding gums
– Swollen, red, or tender gums
– Constant bad breath
– Pus between teeth
– Receding gums
– Loose teeth
– Pain while chewing
– A noticeable change in tooth position when biting
– A noticeable change in the fit of partial dental appliances
Periodontal disease is caused by plaque and, over time, tartar. Tartar is plaque in its hardened, mineralized form, and can occur both above and below the gumline. While plaque can often be removed through routine brushing and flossing, tartar can only be removed through a thorough cleaning by a dental professional. When left untreated, the buildup of tartar can result in periodontitis, a disease that adversely affects the bones, gums, and other supporting oral tissues. Furthermore, research has found that gum disease can contribute to other serious health problems including heart disease, stroke, respiratory problems, diabetes, pneumonia, and increased health risks during pregnancy. Through regular periodontal screening, patients stand an excellent chance of halting the progress of the disease and preserving their natural teeth.