Are your gums trying to tell you that something is wrong?
While we would all like to think that our teeth and gums are impervious to problems; unfortunately, this just isn’t true. In fact, the CDC reports that half of adults over the age of 30 have gum disease. Could you also have gum disease? Our periodontist in Lexington, MA and serving Northwest Boston and the surrounding areas, Dr. David Rosen, is here to tell you more about this infection, its symptoms and why you should seek medical attention if you think you have it.
How does gum disease happen?
Our mouths contain bacteria that constantly create a thin, clear coating on teeth known as plaque. The easiest way to get rid of plaque is by brushing and flossing your teeth. Of course, if plaque isn’t removed it quickly turns into tartar, a hardened form of plaque. Once plaque hardens you won’t be able to remove it with your toothbrush. Only a dentist will be able to remove tartar buildup.
Of course, if you don’t brush regularly (or properly) and if you don’t get regular professional cleanings then plaque and tartar won’t be removed, which can lead to gum inflammation. There are two stages of gum disease: gingivitis (the earliest stage) and periodontitis. By visiting your periodontist regularly and practicing good oral hygiene you can reduce plaque and tartar buildup and protect against gum disease.
What are the symptoms?
Sometimes gum disease is present but the sufferer doesn’t even notice. Don’t assume that if you don’t have symptoms that everything is okay or that you don’t have to come in for routine checkups. Of course, it’s important to call our periodontist in Lexington, MA and serving Northwest Boston and the surrounding areas if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:
- Gum swelling and inflammation
- Gums that bleed easily (often when flossing or brushing)
- Sore or tender gums
- Receding gums (teeth may appear longer)
- Loose teeth (or tooth loss)
- Chronic bad breath
Is gum disease treatable?
If gum disease is caught in its earliest stage (gingivitis) then it can be eliminated with the proper care. We offer a variety of ways in which to help you get your symptoms under control and to prevent tooth loss and other complications from happening. Whether you require medication, scaling and root planing treatment or surgery, we are here to provide you with the care you need to treat your gum disease for the long run.
If you are concerned that you might be dealing with gum disease, it’s important that you schedule an appointment with our periodontic specialist in Lexington, MA, as soon as possible. Of course, we are also here to help serve your dental implant and sleep apnea needs in the Northwest Boston and surrounding areas. Schedule an appointment with us today.