Do not laugh off gum disease, as it is no joke, but a serious problem that can trigger a variety of diseases. Particularly, it can give way to heart disease, diabetes, premature birth, and chronic health problems. Instead of waiting for the other diseases to show up, Dentist Spring suggests you treat the disease you can. You should not neglect the signs of gum or periodontal disease, but visit us as soon as you spot the following signs:
- Red, tender, or swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Pus located between the gums and the teeth
- Foul breath
- Formation of brown deposits in the gum line
- Loose or gaps between teeth because they are moving away from each other
- Unable to fit dental appliances properly as before
Are any of the above mentioned signs familiar to you? If you recognize any of these symptoms, you need to schedule an appointment with Dentist Spring to have one of our qualified dentists have a look at your teeth and stop gum disease from becoming worse.
What is Gum Disease and How Treating it Prevents Other Diseases?
The first occurrence of gum disease is when plaque —a bacteria-laden and sticky film— forms around your teeth. According to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 339,000 people reported to have gum disease and their delayed response to receive treatment led them to develop Type 2 diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, or complications at birth.
They also reported that people who did manage to receive treatment for gum disease on time made fewer visits to the hospitals. Moreover, their hospital bill was quite less too. People who have gum disease should immediately visit a dentist. People who do not have gum disease may increase their chance of getting it if they have bad dental hygiene habits.
What is the Treatment for Gum Disease?
Dentist Spring advises people to regularly brush and floss their teeth, and keep up with their dental visits. If all the signs of gum disease are there, as it is too late to prevent it, you can reverse the problem by visiting the dentist. The dentist will clean below and above the gum line. This is known as scaling and root planning (SRP). To clean the teeth, dentists will use a dental cleaning tool called scalers to scrape the plaque away.
What Will Happen If You Do Not Treat It?
Failure to visit Dentist Spring will cause your gums to pull back from the teeth’s root. This will create a small pocket, which with time, will widen. The inflammation and infection will spread causing your tooth to fall out. If you already have chronic health problems, they will worsen if you leave gum disease untreated.
Stop ignoring the signs of gum disease and do something about it. Contact Saifee Family Dentistry to find out the extent of the damage caused to your teeth by gum disease. We will reverse the damage and have your teeth shining like new, but you have to promise us to take care of your smile afterwards.