Periodontal disease, commonly called gum disease, is a major problem among adults. Numerous studies show that a majority of American adults have some form of periodontal disease. Yet, most people do not realize they have early stage gum disease, and they often do not get regular dental check-ups. In addition, people do not understand the serious consequences of allowing gum disease to proliferate.
Gum disease is known to be a contributing factor in diabetes, heart disease and strokes. Therefore, it is extremely important to make dental hygiene a priority and include dental exams. Gum disease is usually painless in early stages and may develop slowly. Since it is harder to treat once damage is done, the earlier it is caught, the better the prognosis. Some symptoms to look for are bad breath, a chronic bitter taste, gum recession, loose teeth and bleeding gums. Contrary to popular belief, bleeding gums are not caused by overly brushing, but, rather, by inadequate/infrequent brushing and not flossing between teeth. If you have any of these symptoms, you should consult your dentist as soon as possible.
The mouth is full of bacteria which tend to build up around the base of the teeth, eventually causing gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums, accompanied by halitosis, or bad breath. When plaque and tartar develop across the gum line, the gums will become inflamed and tender. During brushing your teeth, you might notice that your gums begin to bleed with virtually no pressure. Gingivitis is treatable with daily brushing, flossing, and professional cleaning by the dentist or oral hygienist. However, if left untreated, gingivitis will worsen into periodontitis, which literally means “inflammation around the tooth.”
At this later stage, periodontitis, the gums recede from the teeth and develop deep pockets of infection as the plaque, which consists of built-up deposits of bacteria, spreads and grows below the gum line. Periodontitis is treatable with advanced dental procedures. If not treated, periodontitis eventually destroys the bone of the jaw, the gums, and the connective tissues that hold the teeth in place, resulting in lost teeth.
We also know that the bacteria infecting our oral cavities can have detrimental effects to our major body organs. These bacteria target our arteries and may cause acceleration of atherosclerotic changes which tend to harden these arteries. In additions, those with periodontitis have higher rates of diabetes and strokes. Preventing these serious conditions is a major reason for treating gum disease right away.
At 7 Day Dental, our main approach is to use non-surgical preventative methods whenever possible. Our treatment plans use procedures that have proven clinically successful. We will implement a periodontal therapy treatment plan for you based on the severity of the disease. To thoroughly eradicate the bacteria from your oral cavity and control your periodontal condition, you must follow the specific plan devised by your dentist. It is truly not a good idea to pick and choose particular treatments like ordering from menu. To insure total success, a series of home products must be used regularly, as prescribed by your dentist.
If you have sensitive or bleeding gums, have it checked out by our dentists at 7 Day Dental, and do not procrastinate. If you are diagnosed as having any form of periodontal disease, start treatment immediately. Always bear in mind the benefits of having healthy teeth and gums, and remember that if caught in time, gum disease can be successfully treated.
7 Day Dental has the finest dental professionals in all of Orange County, with offices in Anaheim, Laguna Woods and Ladera Ranch