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What is Gum Disease?

Nearly 75% of adults in America will experience some form of gum disease during their lifetime. A common and often “silent” oral disease, the long-term effects of gum disease are far-reaching. Linked to systemic health problems, gum disease should be treated by a professional as soon as possible. Fox Lake, IL dentist Dr. Thomas Prendergast promotes preventive dental care for your best chance at preventing gum disease.

Daily oral hygiene and visiting Infinity Dental every six months is your first defense against gum disease. Regularly scheduled professional teeth cleanings can effectively remove the plaque buildup that breeds gum disease-causing bacteria.

The Progression of Gum Disease

The early stages of gum disease are called gingivitis. At this stage, you may experience bleeding or sore gums. Dr. Prendergast may be able to stop the progression of gingivitis with a thorough dental cleaning to remove plaque buildup. Our dental care team may also recommend an antibacterial wash at home to help keep bacteria in check.

As gum disease progresses and the longer it is left untreated, the more complex the treatment will become. Once you have periodontal disease, scaling or root planning to clean out pockets of bacteria in your gums may be recommended. In more advanced cases, gum surgery may be recommended for treatment.

Early Diagnosis

Early diagnosis of gum disease can help prevent future complex dental concerns. Left untreated, gum disease can cause tooth loss, misaligned bite, gum recession, or bone deterioration. Gum disease is also linked to increasing the risk of Alzheimer’s, diabetes, strokes, heart attacks, and cardiovascular disease. When you visit the dentist every 6 months, Dr. Prendergast can help keep gum disease in check.

Schedule An Appointment

Dr. Thomas Prendergast provides quality and compassionate dental care for his patients so that they may enjoy their best oral health. Contact our Fox Lake family dentist office or schedule an appointment online.