Gum disease can put you on the road to loads of uncomfortable and costly dental appointments, but do you know what to look for if you’re at risk for it? You need to tune in to more than the occasional feeling of gum tenderness or pink-tinged spit when you brush your teeth.
Here, we discuss the subtle signs of gum disease which, if you allow it to progress to a serious stage, can be a really costly and painful problem to solve.
Dr. Ali Saeghi and his caring team at Modern Age Dentistry, with offices in Los Angeles, West Hills, and Ojai, California, are experts at preventing, diagnosing, and treating gum disease, no matter what level of severity a patient’s experiencing.
It’s important to know that early gum disease, or gingivitis, is characterized by swelling, redness, and irritation of the area of the gum that is right around the base of your teeth, or the gingiva (how it gets its name).
When gum disease progresses to a more serious stage, it’s called periodontitis. The symptoms you experience then are different and more alarming than when you have mild gum disease. With this condition, you can suffer soft tissue damage, and if you don’t get treatment, bone damage can occur.
Dental professionals want you to know that gum disease is pretty much preventable, by simply practicing good oral hygiene — as in brushing twice daily and flossing daily.
It’s easy to assume that gum disease symptoms are attributable to something else. This is why Dr. Saeghi makes it a point to speak with patients about what to look for with gum disease, and how critical keeping up good oral hygiene habits is.
Signs of gum disease that might surprise you include:
Signs of more serious, advanced gum disease (periodontitis) include bite problems and tooth loss.
If Dr. Saeghi diagnoses you with any stage of gum disease, he provides treatments that can help. He may prescribe topical or oral antibiotics, as well as a deep cleaning procedure that goes under your gumline.
With scaling, Dr. Saeghi scrapes tartar from above and below your gumline. Root planing involves smoothing out the rough surfaces of your teeth. This step helps reattach your gums to your teeth.
You can lower your risk for gum disease by being scrupulous about your brushing and flossing, refraining from smoking, and talking to Dr. Saeghi about being more aware of the condition of your gums if you're pregnant. You’re also at higher risk if you live with diabetes, so be sure to share that with Dr. Saeghi so he can monitor you properly.
No one is immune to developing gum disease. In fact, half of the American population is affected by it. Dr. Saeghi’s focus on family dentistry means that he can educate, help prevent, and treat every child and adult in your family, and this includes paying close attention to gum disease.
Call the Modern Age Dentistry office that’s most convenient to you today to schedule an appointment with us, or request one online.