How to Know if You’re Suffering from Gum Disease

September 21, 2020 - toothbar - 0 comments Austin Preventive Dentistry
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We have all been told to take good care of our teeth. The health of the gums, however, has an important role in oral health. Gum disease often goes undetected because it can present without pain or other symptoms. The early stage of gum disease is inflammation of the gums called gingivitis. An advanced stage of the condition is called periodontitis. If uncontrolled it can lead to serious health issues. Austin Preventative Dentistry is dedicated to catch and treat the disease early

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reports that 42 percent of adults 30 years of age and older are experiencing periodontal disease. The number increases to 70 percent for people 65 years of age and older.

What Causes Gum Disease?

Accumulation of bacteria is the main cause. Bacteria is naturally present in the mouth, but when combined with food particles and mucus, it forms plaque. If not cleaned, the plaque becomes tartar. The buildup surrounds the tooth and gum causing inflammation. The tooth enamel and the gum line tissue gets compromised. Austin Cosmetic Dentistry starts with a thorough assessment and quickly creates a plan of action for your unique case.

Symptoms Associated with Gum Disease

It is important to detect gum disease early. Although most symptoms are painless, look for the following signs that indicate you may have the condition. Here are the top three symptoms of gum disease:

  1. Teeth become loose. When an infection happens beneath the gums, it can start to loosen teeth. The accumulated bacteria causes the body’s immune system to attack the bone and gum tissue that supports the tooth.
  2. Sensitivity or Discomfort When Eating or Drinking. Tartar breaks down the tooth enamel, which protects the underlying layer of the tooth called dentin. The sensitivity indicates a sign of gum recession.
  3. Bad breath that persists. Accumulation of plaque on your teeth forms toxins. These toxins create a foul odor in your mouth. Although you clean your mouth, the odor continues to persist.

How is Gum Disease Treated

In most cases, gum disease can be treated with minimally-invasive dental procedures and remedies including in-office dental cleaning and solutions such as ozone therapy. In more serious situations, when gingivitis escalates to periodontitis, more invasive procedures such as scaling, root planing (deep cleaning of tooth roots), or bone and tissue grafts. Austin Invisalign Dentistry focuses on preventive care so that diseases don’t begin in the first place. You’ll have the support you need to take control of your oral health.

Without treatment, gum disease can cause serious damage to the soft tissue and bone that supports the teeth. Bacteria can also get into the bloodstream and cause other health problems such as heart disease. Dental professionals at Austin Cosmetic Dentistry have vast experience treating cases of gum disease. If you suspect even a minimal sign, it is best to arrange a prompt consultation.

What Can You Do If You Suspect Gum Disease?

There are home remedies you can start immediately to relieve symptoms such as oil pulling and oral irrigation. However, the faster you visit a dentist, the best chance you’ll have at a quick recovery. Austin Invisalign Dentistry works with the whole person. By learning about the patient’s lifestyle, the doctors can determine the changes necessary in nutrition, oral hygiene, or other factors that may affect the patient’s health.

Dental issues can be very stressful. Fortunately, there are dental teams that care about your wellbeing. The AAP (American Academy of Periodontology) suggests a yearly CPE (comprehensive periodontal evaluation). Prevention is the best tool to avoid this disease.

Austin Preventative Dentistry was founded by a team of experienced, caring, and passionate doctors. Call for a consultation today.

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