According to the American Association of Periodontology, nearly three out of every four Americans suffer from gum disease. In addition to uncomfortable symptoms, this dental disease can lead to missing teeth and an increased risk of serious health complications. However, by understanding the causes and risk factors you can take steps to prevent gum disease.

Gum Disease Quiz

  1. True or False: A variety of factors can cause periodontal disease.
  2. True or False: Patients must watch for the warning signs.
  3. True or False: Gum disease has been linked to other medical complications.
  4. True or False: We can remove plaque buildup with a cleaning.

Answer Key

  1. True. This disease occurs when the gums become inflamed, pulling away from the teeth and forming pockets that bacteria can infiltrate. Inflammation can occur due to plaque buildup, illness, certain medications, family history, and hormonal fluctuations. Treating the issue will depend on what is causing the onset of the disease.
  2. True. Common symptoms of gum disease include sore gums, gums that appear red or bleed easily, bad breath, receding gums, and loose teeth. As the disease progresses to the advanced stage, also known as periodontitis, the connective tissue between the teeth and gums may deteriorate, causing adult tooth loss. If you experience any of these symptoms we urge you to see a dental professional for a thorough diagnosis.
  3. True. Recently, gum disease has been linked to heart problems, rheumatoid arthritis, and type 2 diabetes.
  4. True. Often, treating the issues in the early stages often requires just a dental cleaning. During this procedure we remove the plaque buildup from the teeth. Doing so reduces inflammation and helps prevent the onset of the disease. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office today. We can help treat and manage this disease so you can enjoy a healthier smile,

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, please contact us at (254) 776-4888. Our office welcomes patients living in Waco, Hewitt, McGregor, Woodway, and nearby cities.