According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gum disease is more common than you would believe. In fact, the CDC has reported that roughly half of all US adults over the age of 30 likely suffer from gum disease.
Gum disease is often the result of poor oral hygiene. It results from a buildup of plaque or tartar on the teeth, which irritated and inflamed the gums. Knowing the signs can ensure you get the proper care as soon as possible before gum disease reaches an advanced state.
Gum disease typically presents in two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis. Advanced states of periodontitis can lead to the loss of teeth, which makes gum disease very important to treat as soon as possible.
There are several common signs of gum disease. If you suffer from bad breath that never seems to go away, for example, you may have developed gum disease. Bleeding when you floss, or brush is another sign. Swollen gums and loose teeth are indications of a more severe gum disease development. Pockets that develop between your gums and teeth are also signs of advanced gum disease, as are the changes in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth.
A periodontist should treat gum disease. A periodontist specializes in the treatment of periodontal issues, including gum disease.
At Ferrin Periodontics, we understand how important your oral hygiene is to your overall health. However, we also understand how scary a visit to the periodontist can be to those with dental anxiety. Whether you are showing early or advanced signs of gum disease, the staff at Ferrin Periodontics provide you with the same knowledgeable, respectful and courteousness expected in a professional dental office.
When gum disease is addressed in its early stages, non-invasive periodontal therapies are often enough to stop it. The same is true for many severe cases as well. However, advanced severe cases may require surgical correction. However, Dr. Ferrin will work with you to find the treatment process that is right for you.
If you think that you might be suffering from gum disease, please contact Ferrin Periodontics today!