Periodontal (gum) disease is the infection of the tissues around your teeth. While the early stages of gum disease can be treated with a good clean from your dentist’s office, later stages can lead to more serious health problems if left untreated. Because the spreading of gum disease results in serious issues like tooth loss, prevention and early detection are key.
The basics of understanding gum disease can be broken down into three phases:
If you think you have gum disease, you’re not alone! The Centers for Disease and Prevention has stated more than half of adults over the age of 30 has suffered from a form of gum disease. While gum disease is common, some people may be more prone to the disease. Those who are more prone to have gum disease are:
Because so many people have suffered from gum disease, the symptoms may not always be obvious. Some of the symptoms may also be the result of other dental problems. That being said, if you have any of the following symptoms, it’s best to schedule a visit to your dentist:
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Prevention and detecting gum disease early are the most important factors in treating gum disease, which is why visiting the dentist is important. As gum disease progresses, it’s harder to fight. When the hard tartar forms on teeth, brushing with your everyday toothbrush won’t do the trick. A deep clean from the dentist will be needed to effectively clean above and below the gum line. Medications and surgery may also be necessary depending on how far along your gum disease has become.
If you believe you may have gum disease, visit your local dentist for an exam and deep cleaning. Dr. Larry Duffield is a general and cosmetic dentist who can help with all your gum disease questions and treatments at his Royal Oak office. Contact Dr. Duffield today at 877-630-7410 to schedule an appointment.
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