Did you know that gum disease affects an estimated 50% of adults over the age of 30? This percentage increases with age, and periodontal disease becomes more common for those in their fifties and beyond. Gum disease is the most prevalent factor in tooth loss, but it is treatable. At Green Meadow Dental, we offer advanced treatment for gum disease at our dental center in Newington, CT.
Symptoms and Causes of Periodontal Disease
Gum or periodontal disease is an infection of the gum tissue. Bacteria can irritate and inflame the gum tissues, causing deterioration of the gums. Plaque and tartar on the teeth are the main cause of gum disease. Removing the bacteria with regular home oral care and routine dental cleanings is the best way to prevent gum disease. However, once gingivitis or periodontal disease is present, specialized treatment may be needed.
Gum or periodontal disease can cause some or no symptoms. In the early stages, you may not experience any symptoms even though your gum tissue is changing. Some of the possible symptoms that occur with gum disease include:
- Receding gums
- Red or swollen gums
- Bad breath
- Tender gum tissue
As the gum tissue deteriorates, there are pockets that form around the teeth. This allows more areas for bacteria to hide. To stop the progression of periodontal disease, treatment is needed. Without treatment, the gum tissue and bone can deteriorate until teeth are in jeopardy of loss.
Treatment for gum disease starts with thorough dental cleanings. Depending on the extent of the gum disease, patients may require deep cleanings or more frequent cleanings. Medications may be recommended, but some patients may require root scaling and planing, or in-depth periodontal treatments.
If you have symptoms of gum disease, it is important to seek treatment. Gum disease can be controlled and even reversed in some cases. To schedule a gum exam and cleaning, contact our office in Newington, CT, to schedule your appointment. We accept most dental insurance plans and have financing available – ask about our financial options.