Gum disease is a tricky condition because symptoms usually do not make themselves known to those who have it until the advanced stages, which include periodontitis and gingivitis. Here at Lake Villa Dental, we encourage all adults to have regular dentist visits and not to wait until something is obviously wrong to call your dentist. Our experts can check for early warning signs of gum disease and treat it before it becomes life and tooth-threatening.
What Is Periodontitis?
Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease. Gum disease as a general term refers to an infection of the gums and the nearby tissue. Some signs of a tissue infection include swollen gums, gums that bleed easily, and receding gums. In the advanced stages, gum disease can cause tartar to build up below the gumline where the infection can then attack the bone and the root of the tooth. This can result in not only the loss of teeth but the loss of the bone structure that holds the teeth in place. The further that this disease progresses, the fewer options we have to save the teeth or attach dental implants.
Thankfully, if gum disease is caught early and a person seeks periodontal treatment, the negative effects can usually be deterred and teeth can be saved.
Who Can Get Gum Disease?
It is believed that nearly half of people over the age of thirty have some amount of gum disease, and nearly 70 percent of people over the age of 65 suffer from it. However, age is not the only factor that can increase a person’s risk of periodontal disease. Those who smoke, have poor oral hygiene, grind their teeth, have diabetes or heart disease, or whose parents have gum disease are more likely to experience it.
Even if you have some of these risk factors, you can still take precautions to prevent the disease. These include following a strict daily oral hygiene regimen that includes brushing, flossing, and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash. Additionally, coming in for those regular six-month checkups is paramount in catching the symptoms early. Some earlier symptoms that you may not even notice include mouth sores, receding or gapping gums, and loose teeth.
Schedule An Appointment With Lake Villa Dental Today
Your dentist and your hygienist will both examine your mouth for signs of gum disease as well as check for symptoms of other common oral health conditions. Their trained eyes are experts at spotting these symptoms before they become dangerous conditions. Be sure to contact your Lake Villa dentists today.