June 20, 2017
Estimates say almost half of adults living in the United States are suffering from some level of gum disease — and the implications of that are serious. Are you, too, dealing with bleeding, tender, swollen gums and chronic bad breath? The risk of gum disease is highest for people over age 55. Your dentist in Windham can help you prevent the condition with routine dental care, but if gum disease does develop, periodontist Dr. Kevin Guze provides effective gum disease therapy for Lifetime Dental Care!
What Are the Causes & Symptoms of Gum Disease?
Your mouth is filled with bacteria, both good and bad. With solid oral hygiene practices and a nutritious, low sugar diet, you can keep the balance in check. But when bad bacteria starts to outweigh the good, gum disease isn’t far behind. It occurs when bacteria makes a home in the space between your teeth and gums, which we call periodontal pockets. The early stages of gum disease may escape your notice — but watch out for the symptoms of infection to ensure you receive prompt treatment.
Warning signs of gum disease include:
- Swollen, red, or tender gums
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
- Persistent bad breath
- A bad taste in the mouth
- Gum recession
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Tooth loss (in the latest stages)
Gum disease is primarily caused by poor dental hygiene. Factors like tobacco use, medications causing dry mouth, hormone fluctuations, and poor nutrition can aggravate gum disease.
Gum Disease Takes a Toll On Your Overall Health
Do not delay in seeking gum disease treatment. Your gums provide an easy entry into the bloodstream, meaning the bacteria that causes gum disease can quickly spread throughout your system. Inflammation in the gums increases the risk of other inflammatory diseases, especially affecting your heart health.
Some of the health conditions linked to gum disease include:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Uncontrolled blood glucose levels
- Memory loss
- Birth effects (preterm birth, low birthweight)
Where to Find Effective Periodontal Therapy in Windham
Treatment for gum disease depends on the level of infection at the time we detected. If we catch inflammation very early during a routine checkup and cleaning, it is possible to reverse infection with improved dental hygiene at home and a couple extra cleanings at Lifetime Dental Care. After the periodontal pockets reach a certain depth, though, you may need a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing. This treatment method is used to clean above and below the gum line, smoothing out the tooth’s root to prevent reinfection. In the most advanced cases of gum disease, classified as periodontitis, surgical treatment may be required.
Patients of Lifetime Dental Care benefit from the expert care of periodontist Dr. Kevin Guze. A graduate of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Guze provides expert periodontal care in our state-of-the-art environment. We are pleased to offer complete dental care with the addition of Dr. Guze to our team.
Contact Lifetime Dental Care Today!
If you or someone you love are dealing with the effects of gum disease, do not delay treatment. Healthy gums promote better systemic well-being and a lifetime of happy smiles! Contact us to schedule an appointment at Lifetime Dental Care today.
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