Why Should I Worry About Gum Disease?
The start of a new year is the perfect time to evaluate your oral health and think about the last time you visited our office for a hygiene examination and cleaning. For many patients, we recommend they visit every six months for a cleaning; however, there are a number of patients who have certain conditions, and we recommend a shorter interval between appointments. One such condition is gum disease. Although gum disease is one of the most common dental problems that affects adults, there are not many warning signs that alert patients to a problem. Read on to learn more about this serious condition and how it can affect your oral health.
What to Know About Gum Disease
About 30% of the population is affected by gum disease. It is also the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. We do everything in our power to keep our patients from experiencing tooth loss. This is one of the reasons we are so passionate about regular hygiene appointments. During these appointments, we are able to determine if gum disease is present and what stage the disease is in. Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease. During this stage, you may notice red and swollen gums, have recurring bad breath, and find your gums bleeding frequently. Periodontitis is the more severe form of gum disease and develops when gingivitis isn’t treated. If periodontitis continues to progress with no treatment, bone loss occurs and the teeth become loose and fall out. We want to help our patients before it gets to this stage.
Is Treatment Available?
Thankfully, we offer treatment to our patients who are experiencing gum disease. The severity of the disease will determine the method of treatment we will recommend. Following treatment, it is recommended to maintain your oral hygiene routine, which we will explain. Caring for your mouth when you have gum disease is extremely important.
If it has been some time since your last hygiene examination, or you are concerned you may be experiencing the effects of gum disease, be sure to contact our office located in Silverdale, WA to schedule an appointment. Our mission is to help restore your oral health and get it to its greatest potential. We look forward to seeing you soon!