Gum disease is a big problem in this country, and many people who have it are completely unaware of it. According to the American Dental Association, half of the U.S. population over the age of 30 has some type of gum disease. As people get older, that number gets even higher.
Gum disease represents more than just your oral health. Studies have shown that when gums are diseased, the entire immune system can be compromised. Gum disease can increase your risk for such serious conditions as diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. It is also the leading cause of tooth loss.
One of the problems with gum disease is that it often presents with no symptoms. Consequently, many sufferers don't know they have it so they aren't receiving treatment for it. The only way to know for sure if your gums are healthy is to see your dentist.
Make an appointment with Ferentchak Family Dentistry if you even suspect you might have gum disease. As with most things in dentistry, the earlier you seek treatment, the better.
The Indicators of Gum Disease
Although gum disease often has no symptoms, if you have any of the following issues, they could be a sign it is present:
- Tender, red, and swollen gums
- Bleeding gums—especially after brushing or flossing
- Pus between teeth and gums
- Teeth that look long because gums have pulled away
If you are not sure as to whether or not you have gum disease, schedule an examination with a dentist at Ferentchak Family Dentistry. Even if it’s been a while since your last dentist appointment, we don’t make judgments. We just want to get you back to top-notch oral health!
How to Treat Periodontal Disease
Depending on the severity of your gum disease, Dr. Ken Ferentchak and Dr. Jason Luecht might suggest the following periodontal treatments:
- If a lot of bacteria and calculus are present, a deep cleaning can help get rid of them. This is also called root planing and scaling.
- You might be prescribed antibiotics to help eliminate bacteria that has developed in the gum pockets.
- Surgery may be needed to shrink periodontal pockets, which will help minimize the destruction of healthy gum tissue.
After your initial treatment for periodontal disease, we will talk to you about a maintenance plan to help keep your gums healthy in the future. This will help prevent further damage to your gum tissue. You and your dentist will decide how often you should have deep cleanings to help keep your gums healthy.
Make an Appointment at Ferentchak Family Dentistry
Put a stop to gum disease and protect your health. Even if you have waited to seek treatment, we can treat your periodontal disease so your gums will be healthy again. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Ferentchak and Dr. Luecht today.