Gum disease will affect over 50 % of adults to some degree throughout their lives. A progressive disease, gum disease can develop into a serious oral health condition that can impact your overall health. Diagnosing and treating gum disease is essential for long term oral health and your well being. Hunt Valley dentist Dr. Roham Rafat has specific training in periodontics and perio-prosthodontics for comprehensive and quality treatment of all stages of gum disease.
What is Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is a term used to describe the bacterial infection of the gums and teeth.
Untreated, gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. A build up bacteria in the gums can cause an excess of plaque on the teeth that causes tooth decay and subsequently tooth loss. Gum disease can progress and should be addressed in its earliest stages for conservative treatment.
How Can I Tell If I have Gum Disease?
Biannual oral health checkups can keep gum disease in check. It is also important to be aware of any changes in your teeth or gums. Some signs and symptoms of gum disease include:
- Frequent Bleeding Gums
- Loose Teeth
- Receding Gum Line
- Mouth sores
- Changes in the fit of a dental restoration
- Chronic Halitosis
- Red or swollen gums
How Can I prevent Gum Disease
Preventative dental care is the best way to avoid the development of gum disease or periodontal disease. Brushing and flossing are your first defense against the build up and spread of oral bacteria. Avoiding the use of tobacco, excessive alcohol consumption and maintaining a healthy diet can all help to keep your gums and teeth healthy.
Gum disease is known to contribute to the development of serious health concerns. New studies have emerged showing a direct link between oral health and general health, which is why regular visits to the dentist are so important. Visiting Valley Dental Health twice a year for professional cleanings and dental health exams are essential for comprehensive preventative dental care. Schedule a consultation with our Hunt Valley dentist office or request one online.