Signs Of Periodontal Disease And How We Can Help
You notice a little blood in the sink when you brush your teeth. Should you feel alarmed? Those red streaks and specks may indicate a dental health problem. Medically termed periodontal disease, gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss among American adults, says the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Further, periodontitis impacts systemic health. That's why Dr. Kevin Thomas and Dr. Aaron Chenette, family dentists at Cohasset Dental, urge you to pay attention to your teeth and your gums, recognizing the symptoms of gum disease and what they can do to your well-being.
What is gum disease?
From its mildest form--gingivitis--to its most aggressive and destructive form--periodontitis, gum disease involves infection and inflammation. How does it start? Besides hereditary factors or the toxins found in cigarette smoke, poor oral hygiene ranks high on the list of causes.
When we eat starchy and sugary foods, sticky plaque forms on and between our teeth and under the gum line. When not routinely removed by brushing, flossing and professional cleanings at Cohasset Dental, that bacteria-filled plaque hardens into tartar, and the damage starts. Initially, you may not notice anything at all, but your Cohasset family dentist and hygienist can see evidence of gum disease right away.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
There are many symptoms, including:
- Redness, swelling and bleeding of gum tissue
- Deep pockets (>3mm) between the gums and tooth surfaces
- Persistent bad breath, or halitosis
- A long tooth appearance as gums and bone recede
- Exposed tooth roots
- Pus at the gum line
- A shift in dental bite or in denture fit
- Loose teeth
- A new gap between teeth
If you notice signs such as these, please call Cohasset Dental right away for an appointment. Unfortunately, research indicates that gum health and systemic health are connected.
How does the family dentist in Cohasset treat gum disease?
The most common, and very effective, treatment is a deep cleaning at the dentist's office. Also called tooth scaling and root planing, a deep cleaning scrapes away plaque and tartar from beneath the gums. The dentist also may instill antibiotic medication to heal the infection.
If you have gum problems, Dr. Thomas or Dr. Chenette will set up a treatment plan individualized to your unique needs. Once your gums are healthier, you'll continue to visit Cohasset Dental for routine periodontal maintenance to keep your mouth healthy.
Make an appointment
If you see symptoms of gum disease in your mouth or need your regular check-up and cleaning, please contact Cohasset Dental for an appointment. Your teeth, gums and overall well-being will be the better for it. Call (781) 383-9393 today.