Signs That You May Have Periodontal Disease
You know that Great-uncle Joe lost most of his teeth due to gum disease. Could you fall prey to the same problem? Here at The Cinamon
& Hubley Dental Practice in Framingham, your team of five dentists makes it their mission to make sure it doesn't! Read on to learn more about gum disease, and when it's time to visit our office for treatment.
The details on gum disease
Gum disease affects 70 percent of Americans ages 65 and over, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Statistics also show that the condition harms the oral and systemic health of almost 50 percent of people over 30.
While most people recognize bleeding gums as a major sign of gum diseases, its not the only symptom. Other signs include:
- Gum tenderness and inflammation
- Changes in dental bite
- Loose teeth
- Halitosis (i.e. bad breath)
- Discomfort when biting and chewing
- Bone and gum erosion
- A "long-tooth appearance" (exposed roots)
- Dental sensitivity to hot, cold, or sugary foods
- Spaces between the gums and roots (called gum pockets)
How can all of this happen? Well, the American Dental Association says that the main cause of gum disease is the accumulation of bacteria-filled plaque and tartar at and below the gum line. As these biofilms become more established, the support for teeth deteriorates.
Treating periodontal disease
As far as preventative measures, it is recommended that you always brush twice a day and floss at least once daily. Furthermore, you should maintain a tooth-friendly diet and attend regular examinations and cleanings at our Framingham office.
If your gum problems have advanced, however, you may need a deep cleaning and root planing to remove the build-up of plaque and tartar from below the gum line. This treatment includes antibiotic therapy and helps gums reattach to root surfaces. Severe cases of periodontitis may require gum grafting procedures to cover exposed roots.
Whatever the condition of your gums, you can count on a treatment plan to be individualized to your specific needs!
Find out more
If it's time for your preventive oral examination at The Cinamon & Hubley Dental Practice, don't delay! Please call our Framingham office today for your appointment: (508) 872-1422.