Periodontal disease (mild to severe gum disease) affects roughly 47.2 percent of American adults. It is one of the major causes of tooth loss in patients. Luckily, it is very treatable in patients who get dental help in the early stages. Know the signs that you may have periodontal disease so that you’ll be prepared to schedule a checkup appointment with a dentist at Colesville Dentistry in Silver Spring, MD.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
There are several different stages of gum disease: mild, moderate, and advanced. The most advanced form of gum disease is called periodontal disease—it can cause mouth pain (especially when you eat or brush) and eventually lead to the loss of teeth. It’s caused by inflammation of the bone and gum tissue from bad bacteria that lives in plaque and tartar buildup. Periodontitis is something that is known to run in families, but it is most often caused by poor dental hygiene—namely lack of regular flossing.
Signs of Periodontal Disease
Open your mouth wide the next time you look in the mirror and take a close look at your gums. Are they pink in color (indicating normal, healthy gum tissue), or do they look red like they’re inflamed? Red, bleeding gums are a clear sign of periodontal disease. In some cases, the gums will become black in color, indicating a potentially more advanced case. Other signs include:
- Bad breath that only worsens with time.
- Detached gums (not supporting the teeth--your Silver Spring, MD, dentist will check the depth of pockets around the teeth).
- Loose teeth.
Periodontal Disease Prevention Tips
You can prevent the onset of periodontal disease symptoms by taking better care of not only your teeth but also your gums. Remember these daily tips:
- Brush two or three times per day to remove buildup from around the outer surfaces of the teeth.
- Floss after each meal and before bed to remove leftover particles and buildup.
- Eat probiotic rich foods, like yogurt, to keep the bacteria in your mouth in balance.
- Schedule regular professional cleanings with your dentist.
Get Periodontal Therapy
Don’t wait—at the first signs of periodontal disease, have your teeth cleaned and examined by a dentist at Colesville Dentistry in Silver Spring, MD. Call (301) 384-6000 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gregory Hysong or Dr. Lynda LePore.