Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease)
Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Also called periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by plaque, a bacterium that is constantly forming on our teeth.
Top 5 Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gum Disease Warning Signs:
• Red, swollen, tender gums.
• Persistent bad breath or bad taste.
• Gums that bleed easily.
• Gums that have pulled away from the teeth.
• Permanent teeth that are loose or separating.
• Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.
• Any change in the fit of partial dentures.
Many factors increase the risk of gum disease including smoking, pregnancy, and diabetes. It is important to visit Thurston Oaks Dental if you suspect you have gum disease because the sooner you treat it the better.
The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. 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. >> Learn more about Laser Gum Therapy
Advanced gum disease is called periodontitis. Chronic periodontitis can lead to the loss of tissue and bone that support the teeth. If it does, your teeth will feel loose and start moving around in your mouth. It usually gets worse slowly, but there can be periods of rapid progression.
Anyone can have Periodontitis
Aggressive periodontitis is a highly destructive form of periodontal disease that occurs in patients who are otherwise healthy. Common features include rapid loss of tissue and bone and may occur in some areas of the mouth, or in the entire mouth.
Research between systemic diseases and periodontal diseases is ongoing. Some studies indicate that severe gum disease may be associated with several other health conditions including diabetes and stroke.
Help us stop Gum Disease
Regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are very important. The treatment methods that Dr. Snodgrass recommends will depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good dental care at home is essential to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious.