Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, can run the gamut from persistent annoyance to acute danger that threatens the health of your entire mouth. A common occurrence across the United States, it is important to diagnose and treat periodontal disease in the early stages in order to avoid potentially disastrous outcomes.
While consistently strong dental care practices – including twice-yearly visits to the dentist – will help you avoid periodontal disease, it is still something to be aware of and guard against. BGW Dental Group’s experienced dentists, hygienists and assistants are always vigilint for the signs of periodontal disease. And, should you suffer from gum disease, we will work with you to determine the best treatment plan to get you back to optimal oral health.
The good news is that the early stages of periodontal disease – including gingivitis, which means “inflammation of the gums” – can be reversed by careful dental care. However, untreated it can become periodontitis, in which the gums become seriously inflamed and begin to pull away from the tooth, leaving open space between the teeth and gums. Bacteria then crowds into the space, which causes the body’s immune system to go into overdrive to battle the bacteria. This process causes disease-fighting toxins to be released, and these toxins only serve to erode teeth and connective tissues. This eventually leads to the removal of affected teeth.
Stay on top of potential periodontal disease. Symptoms include:
- Persistent bad breath
- Red and/or swollen gums
- Gums that are tender and likely to bleed easily
- Pain while chewing
- Loose teeth
- Tooth sensitivity or discomfort
- Gums recede and teeth appear lengthier
- New spaces between teeth
If you believe you may have periodontal disease or would like to know more about how our staff treats gum disease, please contact our offices today. Our locations in Braselton and Gainesville make in convenient for you, no matter where you live in north Georgia. Please do not wait to treat periodontal disease, call us today at 678-582-8099.