Next to tooth decay, periodontal disease is one of the most concerning dental problems that dentists look for when they check your teeth. Due to the seriousness of this condition, we have listed all of the signs that you may have developed the disease. If you see one or more of these signs, the safest bet is to get a checkup with our Periodontist, Dr. Kevin Guze, at Kevin M. Brown, DMD and Associates in Ayer, MA.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontitis is a disease that involves the gum and bone tissue inside of the mouth, and it affects close to half of all American adults according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Severe periodontitis, which is the more advanced form of this condition, affects roughly 8.5 percent of American adults. While most patients don’t have this dental problem until they’re 50 or older, some young people have gum disease due to poor oral hygiene and, in some cases, heredity.
Do You Have Gum Disease?
If you notice certain changes happening in your mouth that do not seem right, it could be related to gum disease. Here are a few key signs that you should visit your Ayer dentist for a periodontics checkup soon:
- Blood on your toothbrush (bleeding gums).
- Heavy buildup of tartar on the teeth.
- Red, irritated gums that appear to be separating from the teeth.
- Loose teeth.
- Bad mouth odor that can’t be brushed or rinsed away.
The best course of therapy for periodontal disease will depend on how advanced it is—mild, moderate, or severe. For example, if it is in the early stages of inflammation, scaling and root planing (also called root debridement) could provide ample results. In the more advanced stages of this dental disease, you may need to receive antibiotic therapy to fight infection and undergo periodontal gum surgery to remove diseased tissue.
Save Your Smile
Untreated periodontal disease can lead to painful gum inflammation, bone loss, or tooth loss. Call (978) 772-3747 today to schedule an appointment with our Periodontist, Dr. Kevin Guze at Kevin M. Brown, DMD and Associates in Ayer, MA.