Gum disease is a chronic infection that affects a large number of adults, many of whom are unaware they even have it. In the United States, one out of every two adults aged 30 and over has periodontal (gum) disease. In adults aged 65 and older, 70% suffer from gum disease. Most also don’t realize that gum disease can have a negative impact on the entire body’s health, including increasing the risk of serious disease such as stroke, heart disease, and diabetes.
Like many other chronic medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, it often presents without any symptoms, so it’s important to go to your dentist for regular examinations and cleanings. The earlier gum disease is detected, the easier it is to treat.
If you need treatment for periodontal disease or even if you think you might need treatment, call Dr. Richard Mancuso of Carrollwood Village Dental. Dr. Mancuso can treat your gum disease and get you on the path to better oral health.
How to Tell if You Have Gum Disease
Healthy gums make your smile attractive, but they also serve another important purpose: protecting your teeth from bacteria and decay.
If you do not know if your gums are healthy, come in to our office for an examination. Dr. Mancuso will conduct a thorough examination. He will also ask you about any symptoms you might be experiencing. Although it often is present without symptoms, gum disease sufferers often experience the following:
- Bleeding gums, particularly when you brush your teeth
- Bad breath that persists, in spite of good brushing habits
- Gums that are often red and swollen
- Teeth that appear to be longer because gums have pulled away from them
- Teeth that are becoming loose
- The presence of pus between teeth and gums
- Spacing between your teeth
Causes of Gum Disease
It might surprise many people that poor oral hygiene is not the main cause of gum disease. Poor oral hygiene allows gum disease to progress more rapidly, but the number one cause is a specific bacteria and how your body responds to it. This bacteria lives in the plaque and tartar which stick to your teeth. A toothbrush cannot remove the tartar, which is why a professional cleaning is important. The infection causes the gums to separate from the teeth and destroys the bone that the teeth sit in. Other factors, such as diabetes and smoking can also contribute to gum disease and cause it to progress quicker. Untreated gum disease will lead to tooth loss.
Call Dr. Mancuso to Ensure Your Gums Are Healthy
Regular examinations and cleanings are the best way to help keep harmful bacteria at bay and to keep gums healthy. Even the most diligent home care cannot remove tarter and plaque; professional dental cleanings are needed to reach stubborn areas. If you are diagnosed with gum disease, Dr. Mancuso offers noninvasive gum treatments.
Visit Carrollwood Village Dental to make sure your smile is healthy, beautiful, and functional. With Dr. Mancuso’s emphasis on preventive care, he aims to make sure his patients enjoy good oral health for life. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Mancuso today so ensure the health of your teeth and gums.