Tens of millions of Americans suffer from periodontal disease, also known as periodontitis. According to some estimates, almost 50 percent of the adult population has this condition. In life, you only get one set of adult teeth. Therefore, you need to make your teeth last if you can. Unfortunately, many people focus on their teeth and neglect their gums.
When it comes to oral health, you need to understand one important fact. There is a direct link between gum health and the health of your teeth. If you have unhealthy gums, your teeth may be unhealthy as well. Unhealthy gums can even lead to tooth loss. When you smile, the last thing you want is for people to think that you went through several rounds of a brutal and losing beating.
Periodontitis is a common form of gum problem that affects the mouth’s soft tissue. Without treatment, periodontal disease can loosen and even destroy the bone structure that supports your teeth. This can lead to tooth loss.
This condition is largely preventable. It usually results from poor oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing your teeth daily and undergoing regular dental exams can significantly improve your chances of developing periodontitis. Good oral hygiene can also improve your chances of successful treatment.
Healthy gums are pale, pink, and tightly fit around teeth. However, people with periodontitis often experience the following signs and symptoms:
Loose teeth or even loss of teeth.
Puffy or swollen teeth.
Pain when chewing.
Purplish, dusky red, or bright red gums.
Bleeding when brushing and/or flossing teeth.
Developing spaces between teeth.
When was the last time you had a dental exam? Your dentist or dental hygienist probably poked your gums between your teeth and recorded certain things. If so, your dentist was prodding your gums to determine whether you have periodontitis.
According to the CDC, about 50 percent of American adults over 30 years old suffer from periodontitis. Fortunately, periodontal disease is reversible and treatable when detected early. The severity of this oral condition can vary depending on its progression.
Dental health professionals generally break down periodontal disease into four main stages. These are:
Gingivitis, which is easily reversible since it is yet to attack the bones.
Slight periodontal disease, which is manageable but not reversible.
Moderate periodontal disease.
Advanced periodontal disease, which can lead to 50 to 90 percent of bone loss.
If you want to prevent periodontal disease from ruining your smile, you need to undergo routine dental exams. All stages of periodontitis are bad for your oral health. Fortunately, a skilled and experienced dentist will know how to detect, prevent, or reverse this condition.
Periodic dental visits can help prevent periodontitis through preventative care, early diagnosis, plaque removal, and various types of treatments. Some of these treatments include traditional oral surgery, laser periodontal therapy, and scaling/planning.
To learn more about periodontal disease, visit Gorgeous Smile at our office in Arlington, Virginia. You can call (571) 380-7800 today to schedule an appointment.