Periodontics is better known as the treatment of gum disease. Gum disease is a serious problem that affects an estimated 3 in 4 adults. The key to healthy gums is having an established oral health routine which includes daily brushing and flossing combined with regular, professional dental cleanings and examinations.
Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Once a tooth is lost to gum disease, the options for replacing the tooth are often expensive and require multiple procedures. Our goal is to treat each patient with the most conservative treatment plan by identifying issues early and treating them to prevent future damage and problems.
Causes and Symptoms of Gum Disease
While poor oral hygiene does cause a significant number of cases of gum disease, it is not the sole cause. Other causes include:
- Smoking or tobacco use
- Genetic factors
- Pregnancy and hormonal changes in women
- Grinding or clenching of teeth
- Poor nutrition, obesity or disease such as diabetes
A typically “silent disease”, gum disease does have warning signs and symptoms that include:
- Red, swollen or sore gums
- Bleeding when brushing, flossing or eating
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Pus between gums and teeth
- Sores in the mouth
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Changes in the occlusion (bite) including changes in the fit of dentures
Tooth loss is a major concern in regards to gum disease, but gum disease can also contribute to a number of other serious health concerns including heart disease, diabetes, pregnancy related problems and more.
Prevention is the best way to fight gum disease. Establishing a regular oral health routine that includes professional care will ensure your smile will be happy and healthy. Schedule your appointment with Vassey Dental Partners today!