Gum disease is one of the most common dental problems and something that most patients will experience to some degree in their lifetime. In the early stages of development, gum disease is often easily treated and optimal oral health is restored. When left untreated, gum disease can lead to significant damage to both the gums and the teeth. Gum disease remains a leading cause of tooth loss in adults today.
Dr. Gorsky screens for the signs of gum disease during your routine dental exams. Our dental care team is equipped to treat the symptoms and stages of gum disease. When patients visit with us regularly, we are able to provide personalized oral hygiene care and advice, helping you to avoid gum disease and keep your smile healthy between visits.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease or periodontal disease is an infection in the soft tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. It is the result of harmful bacteria in the mouth that is on the surfaces of the teeth and gums in the form of a sticky substance known as plaque. The plaque will harden on surfaces if not removed with brushing or flossing. Without good daily oral hygiene and routine dental cleanings, plaque can begin to erode tooth enamel and create pockets around the tooth roots. Over time, this growing infection will destabilize the teeth as the gum tissue is damaged.
This is where the importance of routine dental care comes in- regular visits allow us to spot gingivitis and to discuss any lifestyle habits or medical conditions that could increase your risk for gum disease. Regualr dental care and daily oral hygiene can help you to minimize the risk for gum disease throughout your lifetime.
Gum Disease: what to look for.
Recognizing the common signs of gum disease is important and can enable you to seek dental care when needed. Common signs of developing periodontal disease can include:
- Gums that bleed when brushing
- Persistent bad breath
- Sensitive gums
- Red, swollen areas of the gums
If you have more advanced gum disease or periodontitis, you may begin to notice changes in your bite, shifting teeth or noticeable gum recession. These signs indicate that disease is causing damage that could lead to complex problems such as tooth loss. Seeking prompt dental care with an experienced dentist is necessary to address damage and restore oral health.
Dr. Gorsky emphasizes the importance of maintaining gum health through ongoing preventive dental care. He offers periodontal therapy for the symptoms of gum disease and can help you get back to a healthy smile.