Periodontal (gum) disease is a condition that affects the majority of American adults today. Bleeding gums, chronic bad breath, and eventual tooth loss are all associated with periodontal disease. But more alarming is that the condition has been linked to a number of other health issues, like heart disease, diabetes, and even certain types of cancer. Fortunately, gum disease is easy to prevent and treat. Do not delay in seeking periodontal therapy in Pasadena, TX. The team at Sierra Smiles can restore your gum health for the good of your well-being!
We recommend six month checkups at the dentist’s office for a reason. With regular preventive care, we can keep gum disease at bay and catch the evidence early when it does get the chance to develop. But even patients who stay on top of their routine preventive care should be aware of the symptoms of gum disease.
In its early stages, the symptoms of gum disease are minor and all too easy to miss. Bleeding gums and persistent bad breath are some of the first side effects you will notice. And as the condition worsens, it becomes more difficult to ignore. The teeth grow increasingly sensitive, gums recede as periodontal tissue disappears, and the gums that remain look red, swollen, and they feel tender. Schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as you begin to notice something is different with your gum health.
Anyone can develop an infection in the gums, but gum disease is more common for people who exhibit certain risk factors for the condition. People who do not maintain excellent dental hygiene are among the most likely to experience gum disease, as well as those who use tobacco. Smoking and other forms of the substance weaken oral health and also make healing from infection more difficult.
Factors that increase your chances for developing periodontal disease include…
- Poor dental hygiene
- Tobacco use (especially when combined with alcohol)
- Hormonal changes (particularly menopause and pregnancy)
- Older age
- Medications that cause dry mouth
- Health conditions that weaken the immune system
The risk for developing gum disease increases after the age of 35, the dramatically rises after the age of 65. Let your dentist know if you have one or more of the risk factors for gum disease. More frequent preventive care may be necessary for the health of your periodontal tissue.
Recent advances in dental technology make treating gum disease easier and less invasive than ever before. Using laser dentistry, your dentist can heal infection without any need for scalpels, sutures, or stitches. This fast, efficient, non-invasive method speeds healing after the procedure and reduces patient discomfort, too.
Once your gums have healed from your periodontal therapy, keep the condition from developing again by maintaining excellent dental hygiene. Brush your teeth gently for two minutes, twice a day or after each meal. Floss daily and visit your dentist as recommended for follow-up care and you will be smiling healthily for years to come.
If you suspect you or a loved one are suffering from gum disease, please do not wait to schedule an appointment for periodontal therapy. Your oral and overall well-being depend on healthy gums -- and we can help!