Preventing Gum Disease - Family Dental Care in Tucker
While easily prevented, gum disease remains one of the most common oral health problems, affecting four out of five patients each year. At Relief Dental, our goal is to educate patients on the long-term consequences of gum disease and learn how to identify the early signs and symptoms of the condition.
What is Gum (Periodontal) Disease?
The word periodontal means “around the tooth”. Periodontal disease attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva. If plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar). When plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone, ultimately leading to tooth and bone loss if left untreated. Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.
Gum disease doesn't just impact the health of the smile. Ongoing research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal disease and other diseases such as stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk during pregnancy. Recent studies have also suggested the existence of a correlation between the inflammation and bacteria associated with periodontal disease with these systemic diseases and conditions. For pregnant women, gum disease can increase the likelihood of a high-risk pregnancy and delivery and has been linked to premature birth and low-.
What are the Risk Factors of Gum Disease?
While good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease, some patients may be more vulnerable to developing gum disease than others. Smoking or tobacco use, poor diet, diabetes, and even genetic predisposition are just some of the factors that can increase a patient's likelihood of developing gum disease. For these patients, frequent dental visits and an effective hygiene routine at home can help protect the dentition from periodontitis.
Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Unlike other dental conditions, the early stages of gum disease (known as periodontal disease) are fairly painless. As a result, many people are unaware they are experiencing periodontal disease symptoms until their condition has already worsened to advanced gum disease. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, call Relief Dental today:
Early diagnosis and prevention is key to protecting your smile from damage caused by gum disease. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or if it's been some time since your last dental visit, call and schedule your next visit to Relief Dental today,