According to the American Academy of Periodontology, one in two Americans will develop gum disease in their lifetime.
Because it’s such a common ailment, it’s important to be aware of the signs and symptoms.
Continue reading to learn more about what Gentle Dentistry can do for you. Here’s what our dentist wants you to know.
Gum disease is caused by bacteria underneath your gum line creating inflammation of the gums and bone. Your gums can pull away from your teeth and the teeth can become loose. The most common treatment for gum disease is a process known as scaling and root planing.
During this procedure, we will deep clean the area underneath your gums to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria. We will then irrigate under the gum line with an antimicrobial rinse. A follow-up appointment will occur 4-6 weeks later to check that the periodontal disease is controlled. Our dentist and hygienist will determine how often to come for routine maintenance cleanings.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a condition that affects the soft and hard tissues of your mouth. The most common stage of gum disease is gingivitis, a type of inflammation of the gums that is reversible with proper treatment and care. If gingivitis is not controlled, it leads to periodontitis. Periodontitis affects the gums and the bone, which means once it develops it can no longer be cured, only managed. Gum disease is linked with other systemic conditions, including uncontrolled diabetes, heart disease, etc. If you notice that your gums bleed when you floss, you might have gum disease.
If left untreated, gum disease can lead to serious oral health complications. Call our Kalamazoo dentist today if you have any of the above symptoms. Our team will schedule you for an oral examination to check for signs of gum disease.
If you have any symptoms of gum disease, call Gentle Dentistry today. Our dentist in Kalamazoo, MI can help you treat and prevent future instances of gum disease. Give our office a call at (269) 381-3890 to make an appointment.
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