Periodontal Disease Del City OK
Periodontal Disease Is More Common Than You Think
It might surprise you to know that some estimates claim nearly three-fourths of Americans suffer from some type of gum disease, all the way from mild to severe. If you are one of them, chances are you are not seeking treatment since most people do not. But with increasing research showing that unhealthy gums can lead to an unhealthy body—higher risks for diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, to name a few concerns—it is more important than ever that gum disease not be left untreated.
At Full Circle Dental Care, we know how important healthy teeth and gums are to our patients’ overall health, and we believe patient education on periodontal disease is the most important weapon in fighting it.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
More commonly referred to as gum disease, periodontal disease occurs when plaque sits below your gums and hardens into what is called tarter. When this tarter is not removed, the gum tissue pulls away from your teeth, and pockets are created between the teeth and gums. These pockets cannot be cleaned by regular tooth brushing and flossing. If this goes untreated, the bones and tissues that anchor your teeth will eventually be destroyed. Bone loss will cause your teeth to shift from their normal spots, and they can even be lost in the most severe cases.
Some of the most common causes of periodontal disease include plaque and bacteria, and how your body responds to the bacteria. Other factors can play into the picture, including genetics, oral hygiene habits, smoking, and the immune system. People who don’t get regular dental checkups are also more prone to develop periodontal disease.
Mild gum disease is known as gingivitis, with the more advanced stage of the disease referred to as periodontitis.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Although it is often referred to as a silent disease because symptoms can be so subtle as to be unnoticeable, some things to watch out for include the following:
- Bleeding gums, particularly when brushing
- Red, swollen, tender gums
- Pus between teeth and gums
- Bad breath that won’t go away
- Loose teeth
- Teeth that look longer as gums recede
None of these is “normal,” and patients should not put off a trip to the dentist when they are experiencing these symptoms.
Treatment for Periodontal Disease
Depending on the severity of the gum disease, there are different treatment methods that will be offered. Nonsurgical methods include deep cleanings (also called scaling and root planing), a more frequent cleaning schedule, and antibiotics. More advanced stages of gum disease might require surgery or periodontal laser treatment. Laser treatment is a nonsurgical method of reducing pockets in the gums.
Contact Us to Keep Your Gums Healthy
If it’s been a while since you’ve had a professional cleaning or if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of periodontal disease, give us a call today. We can assess your situation, and if we discover you do have gum disease, we can develop a treatment plan designed just for you.