Advanced gum disease is the number one cause of adult tooth loss in this country. Mansfield, TX Dental Associates can identify its early signs, and provide appropriate preventive treatments. Gum disease may also be linked to other diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, and certain forms of cancer, including oral cancer, which causes over 7,500 deaths each year.
How common is gum disease?
The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) estimates that approximately 75% of Americans have some form of gum disease, ranging from mild cases of gingivitis, to the more severe form known as periodontitis. However, only about 3% seek treatment for their gum disease, mainly because they are not aware of the long-term and potentially dangerous results of untreated gum disease.
What do I know if I have gum disease?
Symptoms of gum disease may include:
- Persistent bad breath
- Red or swollen gums
- Tender or bleeding gum
- Painful chewing
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Receding gums or teeth that appear too long
What are the causes of gum disease?
Poor oral hygiene is the most common risk factor in developing gum disease. However, a variety of other factors can also increase the potential of developing gum disease. Tobacco use has been shown to greatly increase the chance of developing gum disease. Additionally, stress, poor diet, and genetics, can play a role in gum health.
How is gum disease treated, and can it be reversed?
Gingivitis, the milder form of gum disease, can usually be reversed with daily brushing and flossing. Regular cleanings by a dentist or dental hygienist are also important. This form of gum disease does not include loss of bone and tissue that hold teeth in place.
Depending on the extent of the disease, the more severe forms of gum disease will require more comprehensive treatments, such as deep cleaning and medications. The main goal of treating all gum disease is to control the infection. All treatments will require the patient to continue regular, conscientious oral health care at home. The dentist may also suggest changing certain behaviors, such as quitting smoking, as a way to improve treatment outcome.
Early detection is key in limiting the damage of gum disease
Research indicates a link between gum disease to other serious illnesses, which means that careful maintenance and regular periodontal exams are extremely important. Early detection allows your dentist to control these problems and protect your smile.
Schedule your appointment now
By evaluating your teeth and gums every six months, our dentists at Mansfield Dental Associates can often reduce the odds of larger dental problems. Call our office today 817.259.1357 to schedule a checkup, consultation, or second opinion.