What To Know About Gum Disease
At Smiles by Holsinger & Higgins, we are passionate about the state of our patient’s oral health. When we see patients for their routine hygiene examinations, they are always surprised to learn that we are inspecting for more than tooth decay. Gum disease is one of the additional conditions we are concerned about. If detected, gum disease can lead to serious oral and overall health complications.
Forms of Gum Disease
Gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease, occurs when bacterial growth along the gumline and between the teeth causes inflammation and infection to develop. Gum disease is extremely serious due to its quiet but destructive nature. Unlike tooth decay, gum disease leaves no discomfort and few warning signs. Gum disease takes on two forms: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease that can be treated, and periodontitis is more severe and can cause permanent damage.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Gum disease can be attributed to a number of factors. The majority of patients develop gum disease due to poor oral hygiene. As patients age, it is extremely important to not only clean the teeth, but the gums as well. Plaque that remains along the gumline and between the teeth will turn into tartar over time. Tartar causes inflammation in the gums and leads to jaw deterioration. Other causes of gum disease include:
- Smoking and tobacco use
- Hormonal fluctuations such as during pregnancy and menopause
- An illness or compromised immune system
- Certain medications
Is There Treatment Available?
Fortunately, we do offer various treatments depending on the severity of your condition. The problem arises when our treatment recommendations are postponed or avoided completely. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. Our treatment recommendations will prolong your oral health and hopefully prevent complications and tooth loss.
If you are located in the Denton, MD area and are concerned about the state of your gum health or need to schedule a recommended gum disease treatment, be sure to contact our office to schedule an appointment. We want to help you get your oral health back on track!