Apart from our teeth, we should also take care of our gums. Our gums hold our teeth and serve as its support. Brushing and flossing regularly may not be enough to ensure that you are free from gum and periodontal disease. Visiting us at Beyond Dental and Implant Center should also be part of your dental health regimen. We have state of the art technology and veteran dentists that can assist you whatever your dental problem may be. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of the American adults suffer from gum disease, in 2009 and 2010. This kind of information is very alarming, but only a few people are aware of this. Gum disease is in fact very common, therefore we advocate regular dental check-ups to detect dental problems and prevent further destruction of the gum tissue.
What is Periodontal Disease?
If minor gum disease is not treated, this results in a more severe form of ailment which is known as periodontal disease. It usually starts with a simple gum infection, which involves bleeding or inflammation. However, if not treated, underlying structures such as the jawbone can be affected. As the gums weaken, this may result in loosening of gum structure, causing pockets. Within these pockets, bacteria may get trapped and cause severe problems and infection.
Some people may think that bleeding gums are ordinary oral issues that do not need any treatment, or it is something that goes away on its own. This is definitely wrong. By regularly visiting us at Beyond Dental and Implant Center, your teeth and gums are in good hands. We assure you that early signs of gum disease can be detected, thus periodontal disease can be prevented.
Signs of Periodontal Disease
Bleeding is one of the signs of gum disease and infection. It can happen during brushing or flossing. If there is swelling and inflammation this will be accompanied by pain. The patient will also experience discomfort and difficulty with regular activities such as eating and speaking.
Other signs are the recession of gums and bad breath. A tooth may appear longer, exposing the root. This may lead to sensitivity and bacteria buildup in the pockets, causing constant bad breath. With the gums loosening, teeth also lose their support, and they may end up needing to be extracted, if not treated. There is also an unpleasant taste in the mouth. Bad taste may result from pus and blood in the gums causing an unpleasant taste. This may result in lack of appetite and poor eating habits.
What Are the Risk Factors for Periodontal Disease?
Understanding the progression of gum and periodontal disease will help us prevent it from happening to our gums. There are different factors why we develop periodontal disease, here are some of them:
To have your gums checked, visit us today or contact us and set an appointment. We, at Beyond Dental and Implant Center will be more than happy to assist you at (972) 591-7520.