According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 64.7 million adults suffer from gum disease in the United States. This widespread oral health concern can lead to loose teeth and eventually, the potential for adult tooth loss. Do you have questions about gum disease? Can you take steps to protect your smile from periodontal problems?

Frequently Asked Questions About Gum Disease

Question: What causes the disease?

Answer: Periodontal disease occurs when the gums become inflamed. The inflammation eventually causes the gingival tissue to pull away for the teeth. Pockets then form at the gum line, which can be infiltrated by bacteria, causing the disease to develop. Possible factors behind inflammation include plaque buildup as a result of poor oral hygiene, illness, certain medications, age, genetic factors, and hormonal changes.

Question: How do I recognize the disease?

Answer: Patents may encounter a number of possible symptoms; include redness or soreness in the gums, bleeding when brushing or flossing, receding gingival tissue, and bad breath. As the disease progresses, patients may experience loose teeth or even suffer form adult tooth loss. We urge patients who experience any of the above symptoms to talk to their dentist.

Question: Can I prevent periodontal issues?

Answer: In many cases simple oral hygiene can help prevent the onset of the disease. You should brush and floss daily without exception. You also need to have your teeth thoroughly cleaned by a dentist or dental hygienist to remove plaque buildup. Finally, we advise patients who smoke to stop.

Question: What are my treatment options?

Answer: To treat gingivitis or manage serious periodontal disease we may perform a scaling and root planing. Also known as a deep cleaning, the procedure allows the dentist to remove plaque buildup from the surface of the crowns and the exposed roots.

ABOUT YOUR WACO, TX, DENTIST:

We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Corbet Locke, DDS, contact our Waco, TX, dental office today by calling 254-776-4888. Our office welcomes patients in and around Waco, TX, including Hewitt, McGregor, Woodway, and the surrounding Central Texas communities.