An estimated 80% of Americans suffer from some form of periodontal or gum disease. Luckily, if the condition is caught early, it is extremely treatable and even reversible. The team at Infinity Dental of Fox Lake can diagnose and treat gum disease very easily through routine visits. Dr. Prendergast looks for the early warning signs of developing gum disease during all routine visits.
A tell-tale sign of gum disease is sore or bleeding gums. Even with aggressive brushing, your teeth or gums should not bleed.
What are the signs of gum disease?
Bleeding, red, swollen, or sore gums
Receding gums (teeth look longer)
Shifting of teeth or tooth loss
Constant bad breath
What causes gum disease?
Although there is no single factor contributing to gum disease, common causes include:
Poor oral hygiene
Smoking or tobacco use
Hormonal changes, such as pregnancy or menopause
Periodontal Therapy What to Expect
Gum Disease Treatment
The recommended treatment for gum disease is dependent upon the stage and severity of disease as well as any other factors impacting your dental health. Dr. Prendergast takes a comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease to ensure a stable and lasting result. From personalized oral hygiene recommendations to referrals to a specialist in advanced cases, treatment is designed to restore gum health and avoid the permanent effects of this progressive disease.
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. If you’re bleeding or sore gums are a result of gingivitis, a thorough cleaning to remove plaque can treat the condition. Antibacterial washes may be recommended and consistent dental hygiene will prevent future buildup.
If you have periodontitis, a more advanced form of treatment is often necessary. Dr. Prendergast may perform scaling or root planning procedures to clean the deep pockets of the gums. In extreme cases, oral surgery may be necessary.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease or have not had a regular checkup in the past 6 months, make an appointment with one of the dentists at Infinity Dental of Fox Lake today. It is extremely important to catch gum disease early in order to prevent extensive treatment.