June 20, 2017
If you, like millions of Americans (just under 50% the adult population), have bleeding, swollen, tender gums and persistent bad breath, there’s a good chance you are dealing with gum disease. The risk rises above age 35, then again past age 55. Visit your dentist regularly to keep your smile healthy and clean — but if the condition does get a chance to develop despite our preventive efforts, periodontist Dr. Kevin Guze provides expert therapy at Wilmington Family Dental.
Gum Disease: What Causes It? What Are the Symptoms?
Poor oral hygiene is the most common cause of gum disease. When people fail to brush and floss properly every day, the bacteria that exists naturally in your mouth combines with the acids and sugar in what you eat and drink to create “bad” bacteria. The risk is higher for people who smoke, drink heavily, take medications causing dry mouth, or who eat a diet high in sugar. Diseases that weaken the immune system can also make it more difficult for the mouth to protect itself against gum disease.
The symptoms of gum disease may go ignored at first. Look out for gums that bleed when you brush and floss — that’s one of the biggest indicators of an infection in the gums. Persistent bad breath (even soon after brushing), gum recession, sensitive teeth, shifting teeth, and eventual tooth loss may all occur as a result of gum disease.
The Impact of Gum Disease on Systemic Well-Being
The effects of gum disease go beyond a little discomfort and bad breath. The condition can take a toll on an otherwise healthy body. The effect on cardiovascular health is especially significant, as one inflammatory condition can quickly lead to others.
Some of the health conditions linked to gum disease include…
- Heart attack
- Cardiovascular disease
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Preterm birth
- Low birthweight
Effective Periodontal Therapy in Wilmington
We can help you prevent gum disease when you visit our office for six month checkups and cleanings. But if you do develop the condition, you can find expert treatment from periodontist Dr. Guze at Wilmington Family Dental. A graduate of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s periodontics program, Dr. Guze is a true expert in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of gum disease. With his addition to our team, Wilmington Family Dental is pleased to offer complete dental care in our state-of-the-art office!
Your treatment plan for periodontal therapy will depend on the level of infection at the time of diagnosis. At first, improved hygiene at home and a few extra cleanings may be sufficient to reverse the infection. Scaling and root planing treats moderate levels of gum disease and prevents the chances of reinfection. In the latest stages of periodontitis, surgical treatment may be necessary.
Once gum disease has been treated, Dr. Guze may recommend gum grafting to repair any areas of recession, or where gum tissue has been lost due to infection.
Request an Appointment Today!
Are you suffering from gum disease? You can’t go wrong visiting a periodontist like Dr. Guze for professional attention. Contact us to schedule an appointment at Wilmington Family Dental today!
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