Gum disease affects nearly 3/4 of adults. There are very subtle early warning signs that you could have a problem including:
- Red, swollen and/or tender gums
- Bleeding gums
- Shifting of teeth or loose teeth
- Receding gums
- Bad breath
- Changes in the fit of dentures
Why is Gum Disease a Big Deal?
Gum disease is one of the most prevalent, yet undiagnosed dental health problems and is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
Recent studies have shown the relationship between periodontal disease and an increased risk for developing or being more severely affected by cardiovascular and systemic diseases. When caught early, conservative treatment can be effective and quickly restore oral health.
Stages of Gum Disease
- Gingivitis: early stage gum disease, gingivitis is typically easy to treat but may require additional at home care to prevent it from returning.
- Periodontitis: advanced gum disease, periodontitis often requires intensive treatment to address.
Treating Gum Disease
A periodontal screening is part of our routine examinations. If you are showing signs of gum disease, Dr. Banks will recommend periodontal treatment tailored to your individual oral health.
Periodontal therapy is often dependent on the stage of gum disease and can be as simple as a thorough dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar. More intensive treatment can include:
- Scaling and root planing: this intensive cleaning removes built up plaque from the gum line, tooth roots and deep pockets of the gums.
- Antibacterial rinses: when appropriate, Dr. Banks may prescribe an anti bacterial rinse to be used between visits and reduce the level of bacteria present in the mouth, especially for patients with persistent gingivitis.
- Gum surgery: when necessary in cases of advanced gum disease or periodontitis, Dr. Banks may refer you to a local periodontist for treatment.
Schedule Your Periodontal Exam
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