The Silent Dental Disease

Half of adult Americans have periodontal (gum) disease and don’t even know it. In its early stages, the symptoms may not seem like a big deal — bleeding when brushing and flossing, tender and red gums. They may start out mild, but as the disease progresses, these signs are a clear red flag to your dentist that something is wrong. The issue, however, is that periodontal disease is easier to resolve when caught early.

The best way to prevent gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene. Otherwise, plaque and food can build up on your teeth, resulting in bacteria that hardens into tartar. Left untreated, tartar begins to irritate the gums, making them red, swollen and painful.

Types of Periodontal Disease

Gingivitis

If you or your dentist notice that your gums are red and swollen, or bleed when brushing and flossing, you could have the most common form of gum disease known as gingivitis. Besides poor dental hygiene, it can also be brought on by tobacco use, stress, hormonal changes, and poor nutrition.

You can prevent gingivitis by brushing and flossing daily to prevent plaque build up. Regular dental checkups and cleanings will also help maintain healthy gums.

Periodontitis

Periodontitis is a more severe form of periodontal disease that occurs when gingivitis is left untreated. It damages the soft tissue and bone supporting the tooth and can also lead to loss of gum and bone if not addressed. At this stage, it is difficult to reverse the damage done to teeth and gums, which is

Besides poor hygiene, those with the following conditions are at a higher risk of contracting periodontitis:

  • Smokers-tobacco can inflame the gums
  • Uncontrolled diabetes-high glucose levels in saliva encourage the growth of harmful bacteria
  • Excessive weight-causes inflammation in the body, including the gums

At Sehnert Precision Dentistry, we treat periodontitis with a deeper cleaning that includes scaling and root planing. Scaling removes plaque and tartar from the visible portion of your teeth. Root planing requires smoothing your tooth roots to prevent bacteria buildup.

We help our patients in Lewisville, TX and the surrounding communities maintain proper dental hygiene and provide treatment for periodontal disease because we care about their oral health. Please contact our office to schedule an appointment today.