Concerned about periodontal disease? There's a good chance you should be—this condition affects over 60 million Americans every year according to the CDC, posing a major risk to the dental health of nearly half of all American adults. In order to diagnose the disease, your dentist needs to perform a comprehensive examination of your gums, teeth, and supporting bone. However, even if you do have periodontal disease, don’t worry; Dr. Eyad Salloum, Dr. Erin Walsh, and Dr. Matthew Devine here at Randolph Family Dentistry in Randolph, MA, can help make your smile healthier!
More about Periodontal Disease
For those with periodontal disease, the condition poses a number of serious dental issues, including chronic pain, recurrent bleeding, and even tooth loss. In fact, periodontal disease is the leading reason for tooth loss in adults! This is because periodontal disease destroys the soft tissue (i.e. gums) and the hard tissue (i.e. bone) that keeps your teeth in place.
Before you develop periodontal disease, you will have gum disease first. Fortunately, you can reverse gum disease if you begin a great program of brushing after meals and before bed, flossing at least once each day, and regularly visiting your dentist and dental hygienist. You may have gum disease if you experience:
- Gums that are red and swollen
- Gums that are irritated and bleeding
- Chronic bad breath and a sour taste in your mouth
- Loss of normal gum contours
If you notice any of the signs and symptoms of gum disease, visit your dentist as soon as possible so that your gum disease can’t progress into periodontal disease. If your gum disease goes untreated, there is a good chance that you will develop periodontal disease. You may begin to notice signs and symptoms, such as:
- Teeth that look longer because more tooth root is exposed
- Gums that are receding and exposing more of your teeth
- Increasing root sensitivity, especially to hot and cold
- Teeth that feel loose, especially when you bite or chew
- New gaps or spaces appearing between your teeth
- Blood or pus coming out from between your gums and teeth
Concerned? Give us a call
If you are experiencing any of these signs and symptoms and think you may have periodontal disease, it’s time to take action. To learn more about periodontal disease and supportive periodontal therapy, call Randolph Family Dentistry in Randolph, MA, today at (781) 963-0860.