Periodontal disease, or gum disease, affects almost half of the adult population, especially those over the age of thirty. This degenerative gum infection can result in damaged soft tissue and bone loss, which can eventually cause tooth loss. In the early stages, gum disease is reversible, but even progressed periodontitis can be treated with success. Our dental team at SmileBuilders, Inc. offers effective treatment for gum disease at our offices in Canton, Byram, and Lucedale, MS.
Symptoms and Causes of Periodontal Disease
Gingivitis, or gum inflammation, is usually the first indication of gum disease. This is caused by excess bacteria that creates plaque on the teeth, which irritates the gum tissue. If gingivitis is left untreated, the gum tissue will begin to recede away from the teeth, creating spaces or gaps. This only increases the problem, creating a haven for bacteria between the tooth and gums in these pockets.
Some people have little to no symptoms with periodontal disease, even in the late stages. Even as it causes detrimental harm to their gum tissue, jawbone and teeth, they may be unaware. However, there are usually some signs and symptoms that can alert you to a gum infection. These include:
- Tender or swollen gums
- Bad breath, even after brushing or using mouthwash
- Bleeding gums
- Noticeable gum recession
The best prevention for gum disease is brushing and flossing twice daily combined with dental cleanings at your dentist every six months. However, there are some health conditions that can put you at higher risk of periodontal disease.
Treatment for gum disease depends on the stage of tissue damage or infection. Early stages can be treated with deep cleanings, medications and root planing. Later stages require more invasive periodontal therapy, which can involve removing diseased gum tissue and oral surgery.
During dental cleanings at our offices in Canton, Byram, and Lucedale, our dental hygienist will examine your gums for any signs of disease. If you have gingivitis or gum disease, we can begin a treatment plan to help stop the damage to your teeth and gums. Contact us at SmileBuilders, Inc. today to schedule your next dental cleaning and gum exam.