Signs of Gum Disease
Have you recently been accused of having bad breath? Instead of feeling embarrassed, contact Dr. Henry Huang and schedule your cleaning and checkup at Bethlehem Town Family Dental right away. Did you know that chronic bad breath is an early indicator of gum disease? The good news is that Dr. Huang and his hygiene team are here to help, and the earlier you detect it, the better! Let's talk more about gum disease treatment in Feura Bush.
What is Gum Disease?
Officially known as periodontal disease, gum disease is essentially an infection of the bone and soft tissues that surround your teeth. If it's left untreated, the infection will begin to destroy your bone and tissues, which eliminates the support system for your teeth and puts you at risk for tooth loss. Gum disease is actually the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults, and more than half of American adults suffer from it in some form.
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease, and this is where you may begin to notice bad breath, gums that are red and swollen, and that your gums bleed when you brush your teeth. The good news is that gingivitis can typically be treated with a thorough professional cleaning and improved home care. So if you're noticing any of these symptoms, now is the time to be proactive and visit Bethlehem Town Family Dental. For some people, gingivitis can even be reversed.
This is the advanced stage of gum disease, when the damage starts to occur. Patients with periodontitis will require a deeper cleaning to remove plaque and tartar buildup from below the gum line. We may also recommend antibiotic therapy, and surgery depending on the severity of your condition. While there is no cure for gum disease, your team at Bethlehem Town Family Dental can help you keep this disease at bay with additional cleanings each year and improvements to your home care routine.
Gum disease actually affects your overall health and well-being because the bacteria that causes it can travel to other areas of your body through your bloodstream. We now understand that it can contribute to serious health concerns such as diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Your health is too important to risk! Call us today to schedule your next dental appointment and take charge of your oral health.