Did you know over 64.7 million Americans have gum disease? These numbers are the result of an extensive Centers for Disease Control study, which reveals the shocking prevalence of this serious dental health issue. Across America, millions of people suffer the uncomfortable symptoms of gum disease. How do you know if you have gum disease? What are the signs?
What is Gum Disease?
First, let’s look at what gum disease is. Gum disease occurs when bacteria inflame the gums. Over time, the inflammation may cause the gums to pull away from the tooth, forming pockets at the gum line. Soon, bacteria will infest these pockets, leading to periodontal disease. Without treatment, gum disease can cause the connective tissue between your tooth and gum to dissolve, leading to lose teeth and increasing the risk of tooth loss. In fact, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, 69% of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 are missing a permanent tooth. The primary cause, of course, is gum disease.
Spotting the Signs
Your Dallas TX dentist recommends paying careful attention to the warning signs. Common symptoms of gum disease include:
- Sore gums
- Red gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
If you notice one or more of these symptoms on a regular basis, schedule a consultation with your Dallas TX dentist today.
Treating Periodontal Disease
To start treatment, your Dallas TX dentist will first perform a thorough examination to diagnose the cause and severity of your gum issues. From there, she will prescribe the most appropriate treatment. In many cases, a deep cleaning will be recommended. Like a dental cleaning, a deep cleaning removes plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth. A deep cleaning, however, employs ultrasonic scalers and root planing, removing harmful bacteria and allowing your gums to easily adhere to your teeth once more.
About Dr. Truong: Dr. Diep Truong, DDS offers a comfortable dental care employing the latest in cutting-edge dental technology. Our patients in Dallas and Richardson have access to innovative preventive, cosmetic, and restorative procedures. To schedule an appointment, call Viva Dental Family Dentistry at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson).