According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 47.2{dcbe0cd52ce35e2f156887e14605e24111ce99c14f01d3853732956d43020bdd} of US adults suffer from some stage of periodontal disease. What are the warning signs of gum disease? By understanding the common symptoms you can know when to see your dentist. Otherwise, you have a risk of adult tooth loss and even heart-related issues.

Frequently Asked Questions About Gum Disease

Question: What causes the disease?

Answer: The disease develops once the gums become inflamed. From there, they can pull away from the teeth and form pockets at the gum line. Bacteria can then enter these pockets and lead to the onset of the disease. Factors behind gingival inflammation include medication, illnesses, age, family history, poor oral hygiene, and tobacco use.

Question: What are the warning signs?

Answer: You may notice that your gums feel sore or appear red. They may also bleed when you brush or floss. Other possible warning signs include bad breath, receding gums, and loose teeth. If you think you have one or more symptoms then please contact our office today for more information or to discuss possible treatment options.

Question: What complications can develop?

Answer: Eventually the disease can enter a late stage known as periodontitis. The tissue that connects the teeth and gums may dissolve, leading to tooth loss. In addition, periodontal disease has been linked to heart disease and diabetes.

Question: How does the doctor treat the issue?

Answer: We use a conservative approach to address the disease in the earliest stages. Using a deep cleaning, we remove plaque from the surface of the crown and roots. This reduces the risk of further inflammation and allows the gums to adhere to the teeth again. We may also suggest a preventive approach as well. By having your teeth cleaned about once every six months the dentist will monitor your gum tissue. In addition, removing the plaque can help you avoid inflammation. If you have any questions about treating periodontal disease or the warning signs of the disorder, then please contact our office today.

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.