Periodontal Treatment in Mountainside
The leading cause of tooth loss in American adults is untreated periodontal (gum) disease. Worse yet, many adults don’t even realize they have this condition because it is slow-moving and starts with very few symptoms. With that said, it is estimated that almost half of adults over the age of twenty have some form of gum disease.
Regular visits to your dentist every six months are your best line of defense against gum disease. Your dentist will examine you and look for gum disease during each examination, and your teeth cleanings remove the plaque buildup you’ve missed during brushing at home, which protects you from gum disease.
Signs and Stages of Gum Disease
Early gum disease, known as gingivitis, can be very tricky to diagnose on your own. Even though gum disease is an infection, there’s not much pain or very many symptoms when you have gingivitis, but you may notice:
- Gums that are swollen or irritated
- Bleeding when you brush or floss
- Chronic bad breath that doesn’t go away with the use of mouth wash
If you are proactive about improving your home care routine, a thorough professional cleaning can often help you manage or even reverse gingivitis.
Gingivitis that is left undiagnosed or untreated turns into periodontitis or advanced gum disease. This is the stage of gum disease where you may notice discomfort when you chew or the beginning of tooth mobility. Periodontitis requires a more in-depth cleaning (scaling and root planing), which reaches beneath the gumline and eliminates the buildup of bacteria, plaque, and tartar causing your infection.
The Oral Systemic Connection
Successfully controlling gum disease is so critical because of the impact it has on your general health. Science has shown a distinct connection between gum disease and other chronic health concerns like:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Respiratory disease
It seems that the bacteria causing gum disease and these other systemic conditions are the same. So when you take measures to protect yourself from gum disease with an excellent home care routine and consistent preventive teeth cleanings and checkups with your dentist, you are actually taking steps to protect your overall well-being.
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