Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is an inflammation of the gums that can eventually harm the tissue and bone that surround and support your teeth. Gum disease primarily comes about due to plaque, which is a sticky film of bacteria that irritate your gum line as it builds up. Often, there are few noticeable signs or symptoms of gum disease, and patients rarely experience pain.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by the bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth.
Warning Signs of Gum Disease
There are many factors that increase the risk of developing gum disease, including: smoking, pregnancy and diabetes. It is important to visit Toomin & Bieber Aesthetic Comprehensive Dentistry if you suspect you have gum disease, because the sooner you treat it, the better.
The Early Stage of Gum Disease Is Called Gingivitis
Gingivitis is a mild, early stage of gum disease that can still be reversed. Gingivitis is one of the most common oral health concerns that we at Toomin & Bieber Aesthetic Comprehensive Dentistry and all dentists see. Over 47% of Americans aged 30 or older have some form of gum disease according to the American Academy of Periodontology.
If you have gingivitis, your gums may become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by a professional cleaning at your dental office, followed by daily brushing and flossing.
Advanced Gum Disease Is Called Periodontitis
Research between systemic diseases and periodontal diseases is ongoing. While a link is not conclusive, some studies indicate that severe gum disease may be associated with several other health conditions such as diabetes or stroke.
Schedule Your Periodontal Appointment
Regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are very important. The treatment methods that our dentists diagnose will depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good dental care at home is essential for helping to keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious. Call us at (818) 748-9998 to schedule your appointment and find the right gum disease treatment for you.