Gum disease is a condition that is often easy to ignore because you may not even realize you have it. It's hard to detect in the beginning on your own because there are not many signs and symptoms at first, but it's important no to ignore gum disease. Here's what your Sarasota dentist wants you to know.
Periodontal Disease 101
Did you know that periodontal (gum) disease affects more than half of American adults in some way? Like the foundation for your house, your gums are the foundation for your teeth, and if they are not healthy it affects your teeth, and even your overall health. Gum disease has also been linked with other health concerns in the body such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Gum disease is essentially an infection of the soft tissues and bone that support your teeth. It occurs when excess plaque and tartar buildup irritate your gums separating them from your teeth and allowing harmful bacteria below the gum line. If the infection remains untreated, it will destroy your bone and soft tissue, which leads to tooth loss.
The Early Signs
The early signs of gum disease are not very noticeable at first. Your gums may appear red and swollen, and you might notice that they bleed when you brush your teeth. Chronic bad breath that won't go away is another early sign of gum disease.
This stage is known as gingivitis. If you notice these signs or symptoms, it's important to schedule a cleaning and checkup with your dentist right away. The good news is that gingivitis can often be successfully managed, and sometimes even reversed with a professional cleaning and improvements made to your home care routine.
The Advanced Stage
Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease, and this is where you'll see gum recession, and you might even notice your teeth beginning to feel mobile. To prevent tooth loss, you'll need a cleaning called scaling and root planing to reach below the gum line and remove the tartar buildup causing your infection.
Whatever stage of gum disease you may be facing, Dr. Kaya Aygen and his team at Sarasota Dental Arts are well equipped to help you. Give us a call today to schedule your checkup and cleaning.