Approximately 80 percent of people in the United States are suffering from gum disease, sometimes unknowingly. Therefore, it is important to maintain regular dentist visits to catch symptoms early, before it becomes a severe health concern. The dentists at Infinity Dental in Fox Lake are specially trained to diagnose and effectively treat patients with gum disease.
Gum Disease Symptoms
Healthy teeth and gums should never bleed, even with aggressive brushing or prodding. So, one of the most prominent symptoms of gum disease is bleeding, swollen, red, or sore gums. Gum disease can also cause the teeth to recede, which makes the teeth have a longer appearance than normal. Mouth sores, teeth loss, and constant bad breath are other common symptoms that are associated with the disease. If you notice any of these warning signs, please contact the dentists of Infinity Dental right away for fast treatment.
Gum Disease Causes
There is not one single factor that contributes to the development of gum disease in all cases. Some of the most common causes are poor oral hygiene, poor nutrition, smoking or use of tobacco products, stress, and teeth grinding. Hormonal changes associated with pregnancy and menopause in women can lead to gum disease too. Also, there are some individuals that are predisposed to the disease from their genetic makeup. Dr. Thomas Prendergast and Dr. Caroline Shepherd of Infinity Dental would be happy to discuss your individual risk factors for gum disease during a routine dental checkup.
Gum Disease Treatment
The first stage in the progression of gum disease is gingivitis, which causes inflammation of the gums. If your gums are bleeding or sore from the effects of gingivitis, a thorough cleaning can be used to treat the condition and remove plaque from your teeth. Maintaining good overall dental hygiene will prevent disease development. If you have gum disease, more advanced treatments are required. Scaling and root planning procedures will be needed to clean out the deep pockets in the gums, or surgery in severe cases.
Schedule an appointment today for gum disease prevention or treatment with the dentists at Infinity Dental!