Gum Disease is Preventable
Healthy gums do not bleed! Gum disease is when the gums and bone around teeth become infected.
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease, when it is limited to the pink gums. Gingivitis can be eliminated by a thorough dental cleaning and proper daily home care. If gingivitis is not reversed, it may develop into periodontitis, which is when the bone and ligaments around teeth are also infected. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost half of American adults over the age of 30 are affected by chronic periodontitis. This infection influences the health of the entire body and leads to irreversible loss of the tissues that support teeth.
If you experience bleeding or swollen gums, gums that are pulling away from your teeth, bad breath or taste, or loose teeth, you may have gum disease. Tobacco, pregnancy, diabetes, crooked teeth, and certain medications increase the risk of gum disease. Regular dental exams are important for identifying any problems early.
As with blood pressure (hypertension), there are not always warning signs for gum disease, which is why professional consultations and exams are so important. Periodontal disease management is a lifetime commitment.
Contact us today for a comprehensive periodontal evaluation!