Gum disease is something that many people are affected by on a daily basis. The numbers are staggering when taking a look at statistics related to periodontal disease with over 47.2% of adults aged 30 years or older having some form of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease increases with age, 70.1% of adults 65 years and older have some form of periodontal disease.
Gum disease is caused by the bacteria that is found in plaque and tartar. Bacteria causes inflammation of the gums, which is also known as gingivitis. There are several stages of gum disease that should be examined.
- Gingivitis- This stage is characterized by red, swollen, and tender gums. This can be reversed if caught early.
- Mild to moderate Periodontitis- Increased inflammation and bleeding around the teeth is fond in this stage of the process. Gums start pulling away from the teeth, and pockets of infected material begin to form.
- Advanced periodontitis- Teeth may become so loose that they need to be removed.
There are signs that you should be sure to look for that may point to gum disease:
- Bad breath
- Red, swollen gums
- Receding gums
- Pain when chewing
- Loose/sensitive teeth
If you are experiencing gum disease or any other dental related problems, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of the dentists in our network. We will promptly and professionally treat any dental related ailment that you may be experiencing. Give us a call!