It’s a surprising fact: Half of all Americans have periodontal (gum) disease. Many of these people have no idea that they have an infection that can jeopardize both their teeth and their overall health.
One of the most common signs of gum disease is bleeding gums after brushing or flossing. Unfortunately, many people believe this is normal. Blood is not normal, however, and it always indicates that there is a problem.
Some people show no signs of gum disease, but infection is still present. For these people, only a visit to the dentist will identify the problem.
Early periodontal disease can be reversed with proper and diligent care through periodontal therapy. Gum disease in its later stages cannot be cured, but it can be treated to protect your dental health.
To find out about the health of your gums, schedule an examination with Dr. Tony Pilgrim at Fall Creek Dental. We will get you back on track for good oral health!
The Connection between Gum Disease and Health Problems
Most people don’t know that gum disease has been linked to a number of serious health conditions. Gum disease is also one of the main causes of tooth loss. For these reasons, you should not procrastinate about getting treatment.
Treatment will not only control the infection, but it will also help restore your dental health and minimize risks to your overall health. Left untreated, gum disease can increase your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Some of the Indicators of Gum Disease
Although not everyone experiences symptoms, the following are fair indicators that there is an infection lurking in the gums:
- Any kind of bleeding after brushing or flossing
- Gums that look swollen and red and are tender to the touch
- Pus between the teeth and gums
- Teeth that have begun to look longer because the gums are receding
Treatment of Gum Disease
The first step in treating gum disease is to remove the plaque and tartar buildup. Depending on how much plaque and bacteria are present below the gum line, you might require a specialized cleaning known as root planing and scaling.
After making sure you are comfortable, our hygienists will gently and expertly remove any plaque or tartar from below the gum line with hand tools and ultrasonic scalers. The tooth roots are smoothed to encourage reattachment to the gums and promote healing.
Once your procedure is complete, Dr. Pilgrim will recommend a hygiene schedule with preventive treatments to help keep you on track and infection free. He will also discuss a periodontal maintenance program designed to keep the disease under control to prevent further damage to your gum tissue.
Call Us to Make Sure Your Gums Are Healthy
The only way to know for sure if your gums are healthy is to come in for an examination. Schedule an appointment today to ensure your good oral health!