If you are suffering from gum disease, you are not alone. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control reports that half of all Americans age 30 years and older have some type of gum disease.
Sadly, many people are unaware they have periodontal disease and they are not receiving treatment for it. This not only risks their oral health, but also puts them at increased risk for developing other diseases, such as stroke, diabetes, and heart disease. Studies have shown that when gums are diseased, your entire immune system is at risk.
It’s not all bad news, however. If you have gum disease, particularly in its early stages, it is treatable. If you have any concerns about whether or not you have gum disease, give Dr. Roy Chun at Oasis Dental a call. He will examine your mouth to find out if you have gum disease, and he can recommend treatment to ensure the health of your teeth and your entire body.
What Are the Signs of Gum Disease?
Sometimes gum disease can be present without symptoms, so people are not aware they have any issues. This is just one of the reasons why it is so important to see your dentist twice each year for examinations and cleanings. Dr. Chun will be able to tell if you are in the earliest stages of periodontal disease, and he will be able to provide treatment.
When symptoms are present, they often appear as any of the following:
- Persistent bad breath that doesn’t seem to go away, even after frequent brushing
- Gums that are tender, red, and swollen, particularly those that bleed after you brush your teeth
- Signs of pus forming between gums and teeth
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth, causing them to appear longer than normal
Periodontal Care—Good for Your Teeth and Your Entire Body
Physicians have long believed that gum disease is linked to serious health conditions. Lower your risk of developing gum-related health problems by getting treatment for gum disease immediately. Gum disease poses a great risk to your teeth as well as the health of your entire body.
See Dr. Chun for the following periodontal treatment options:
- Gingivectomy—A gingivectomy will help minimize the destruction of healthy gum tissue by shrinking periodontal pockets. A gingivectomy will shrink the pockets and reshape any excess gum tissue.
- Root planing and scaling—Sometimes there is so much bacteria and calculus built up that only a deep cleaning process such as root planing and scaling can eliminate it. This treatment will stop the bacteria from spreading.
- Periodontal maintenance—Once you have received treatment for periodontal disease, it is imperative you prevent further damage to your gums by staying on top of bacteria and infection. Deep cleaning at a frequency determined by you and your dentist is critical for maintaining gum health.
Stop gum disease in its tracks and protect your health. Keep your gums—and your smile—functional and beautiful. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Chun today to stay on top of your oral health.