Some patients may erroneously believe that gum disease is inevitable as they get older. However, this is not the case. Gum disease is a preventable condition, and if you work closely with your dentist to get routine care, you can greatly reduce your risk of developing gum disease.
Gum disease occurs when oral bacteria attack the gum tissue and cause inflammation in the gums. This progressive disease moves through stages, from the mildest gingivitis to advanced periodontitis. In the most severe cases of uncontrolled gum disease, patients face the risk of tooth and bone loss.
Seeing your dentist every six months reduces the likelihood of gum disease, as professional cleanings help to eliminate any lingering plaque and tartar that have accumulated despite your best efforts to minimize those substances by brushing and flossing conscientiously.
Furthermore, a dentist who inspects your teeth and gums at least semiannually is more likely to diagnose gum disease in its earliest stages when it responds most readily to conservative interventions.
If you do develop gum disease, it’s important to seek treatment for it promptly. Patients should monitor their gums for symptoms such as bleeding, redness or puffiness/swelling in the gum tissue and consult with their dentist when they notice any concerning signs. Procrastinating on an evaluation can give the gum disease the opportunity to progress and cause more severe symptoms.
When gum disease is diagnosed, effective treatment is essential. Gingivitis typically responds well to thorough professional cleanings, which is another motivating factor. Periodontitis requires more involved treatment, but it does not have to involve gum surgery, however. Laser dentistry can produce excellent results in eliminating diseased gum tissue with minimal discomfort to patients.
Don’t believe the myth that gum disease is a normal part of the aging process. Continue to come to our office every six months for exams and cleanings. This will keep disease-causing oral bacteria at bay and improve your chances of early diagnosis and treatment when gum disease is diagnosed. Contact the office of Dr. Philip Kozlow today!