Gum Disease Is a Major Threat to Oral and Overall Health
Do you experience bleeding and tender gums, bad breath or other concerning oral problems? These alarming symptoms may be the result of periodontal infection. Gum (periodontal) disease is a serious oral condition affecting millions – and the number one cause of tooth loss among Americans today. The disease, caused by the body’s response to bacterial toxins, is progressive, destructive and a significant health risk if not diagnosed and treated as early as possible.
Signs and symptoms, if any are present, of gum disease are:
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen, red or tender gums
- Bad breath
- Presence of pus
- Bone loss
- Tooth mobility
- Tooth sensitivity
- Gum recession
Gum Disease Treatment for Every Stage
Immediate treatment for gum disease is imperative to protect against irreversible damage like bone and tooth loss, a host of negative systemic effects and the need for future, costly treatments. Our experienced periodontal team conducts routine gum disease screenings, providing effective treatment when the disease is identified. The type of treatment recommended depends on the stage of gum disease and your state of periodontal health. Gum disease treatments offered at Harlingen Family Dentistry include:
- Red, Swollen, Inflamed Gums
- Bleeding When Brushing or Flossing
- Chronic Bad Breath
- “Pockets” Form Between the Teeth and Gums
- Gum Recession
- Gaps Between the Teeth
- Connective Tissues Destroyed
- Shifting or Loose Teeth
- Tooth and Bone Loss
8.52% of adults age 20 to 64 have periodontal disease.
Nearly 64.7 million people in the United States suffer from gum (periodontal) disease.
Gum disease is more common among men (at 56.4 percent) than women (at 38.4 percent).
Defending Your Smile Against Progressive Gum Disease
The best defense against developing gum disease includes meticulous brushing and flossing habits, along with regular dental cleanings and exams. When the disease is present, however, our periodontal specialist is ready to restore your gum health by eliminating active periodontal infection. As a state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary practice, we have an experienced periodontist onsite dedicated to delivering the quality, compassionate gum disease and implant procedures your smile needs to be healthy.
Healthy gums are the foundation of a beautiful, lasting smile! Contact us today to reserve your gum disease screening and consultation with our periodontal team.