Being that about half of adult Americans have some form of gum disease according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s important to monitor your oral hygiene for signs of this condition. Learn more about periodontal disease to figure out the symptoms so that you can discuss treatment options at your next appointment with a dentist at Grateful Dentists in Billerica, MA.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is the slow, progressive deterioration of gum tissue and bone in the mouth caused by a bacterial infection. The bacteria live in plaque and calculus that forms around the teeth. The most advanced form of gum disease is called periodontitis or periodontal disease. If it’s not treated with aggressive measures, tooth loss is possible.
Do You Have Periodontal Disease?
The symptoms of periodontal disease are hard to ignore. The gums get very red and start to bleed—especially when you brush your teeth. In some areas, the gums can turn black, which is a sign that the gum tissue is unhealthy and overwhelmed with bad bacteria. Patients who have periodontitis often have very bad breath, which can’t be covered up with mouthwash or brushing. Another sign is a feeling that one or more teeth are loose—you shouldn’t be able to move a tooth with your finger. Let a dentist at Grateful Dentists in Billerica, MA check your oral health and make a definitive diagnosis so that you can receive proper treatment.
Effective Periodontal Disease Therapies
When periodontitis is caught in its early stages, there’s a good chance it can be reversed with basic treatments including antibiotic medications or scaling and root planing. At more advanced stages, periodontal surgery and gum grafting may be required. If tooth loss does occur, a dental implant and crown restoration can be installed if there’s still viable bone tissue to anchor it in place.
Protect Your Gum Health
The health of your gums is as important as the health and strength of your teeth. Seek treatment for periodontal disease at Grateful Dentists in Billerica, MA. Call (978) 667-2741 today to schedule your upcoming visit with Dr. Adam Danzig, Dr. Barry Danzig, or Dr. Lili Tayari.