Many adults have periodontal disease or gingivitis - ranging from slight inflammation of the gums to seriously damaged gums and teeth, as well as bone loss. If left untreated, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for dental patients. Persistent bad breath, loose teeth, inflamed gums, sensitive gums, or gums that bleed easily are warning signs that you may have periodontal disease.
Gum disease can be treated easily if identified in early stages because it can be caused by excessive plaque buildup, smoking, changes in metabolism or hormone levels, or even medical conditions (such as diabetes or kidney conditions). Unfortunately, when plaque is left on the teeth, it hardens into tartar that only a professional cleaning will remove. If plaque and tartar are not removed, they begin spreading below the gum line, which causes the bone to pull away from the teeth. In addition, bacteria can thrive in the space created between the gums and teeth, causing bad breath, painful or sensitive gums, loose teeth, or even tooth and bone loss.
Along with following a rigorous dental health program on your own, getting professional dental care can slow or stop the progression of gum disease, periodontal disease, or gingivitis. We'll do everything we can to help you maintain or restore your gum's health, reduce gum pain and sensitivity, and avoid tooth loss if possible. And if your gum disease is advanced, we may refer you to a periodontist who specializes in gum care and treatment.
If one of your close blood relatives has periodontal disease, it may mean you're more susceptible to gum disease, even if you are currently experiencing no symptoms of gum inflammation. So be sure to tell Dr. Welch at your next dental checkup if someone in your family has gum disease. We'll monitor you closely, possibly recommending more frequent dental checkups, teeth cleanings, and other preventative dental care to help you avoid gum disease.
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