Gum disease, the “silent” dental health problem, affects approximately 75% of the U.S. adult population, with the majority of patients not realizing they have it until later stages of development.
Chicago dentists Dr. Prendergast and Dr. Shepherd emphasize to their patients the importance of gum health in maintaining good overall dental health for the long run. The gums serve as a foundation for the teeth- and healthy gums will support healthy teeth! While there are a range of causes for gum disease, including lifestyle habits, understanding the signs of gum disease in order to address it early is the key to lifelong oral health.
What to look for: signs of Gum Disease
- Red, swollen gums
- Bleeding gums, especially when brushing the teeth
- Persistent bad breath (halitosis)
- Receding gum line, exposing the tooth roots in severe cases
Recognizing these tell-tale signs of developing gum disease and coming in for a visit to Infinity Dental in Fox Lake to address them will help to prevent permanent damage that can also lead to tooth loss.
Preventive care visits also provide the opportunity for Drs. Prendergast and Shepherd and their staff to spot gingivitis, early stage gum disease. Treating gum disease in the early stage can often be accomplished with conservative measures. In some cases, your dentist may recommend an at home care product or an additional dental cleaning to address it and restore oral health. Other times, a scaling and root planing procedure may be suggested to remove plaque and tartar from the deeper recesses of the gums.
When gum diseased has advanced, known as periodontitis, it may be necessary to be referred to a specialist for more invasive procedures to remove diseased tissue and restore gum health.
Keep your natural teeth for as long as possible- maintain your gum health to support healthy teeth!