Gum Disease, an Aggressive Condition
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is an aggressive condition that can lead to rapid decline of oral health, including tooth loss. It is the leading cause of tooth loss among American adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 47 percent of American adults over the age of 30 are affected by some form of gum disease. This number rises to over 70 percent among adults 65 and older. The fact remains that despite such daunting statistics, gum disease is a highly preventable condition with basic, routine dental care, including visiting your dentist regularly.
Gum disease doesn’t always come with obvious warning signs—that’s why regular visits to your dentist in Baltimore are important. In most cases, however, there are signs and symptoms you can identify on your own. Pay attention to your oral health and daily dental care regimen. If you have any of the signs of gum disease, consult your dentist immediately for periodontal treatment:
Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
- Red and swollen gums
- Bleeding when brushing
- Loose teeth
- Pain while chewing
- Consistent bad breath
- Bad taste in the mouth that never seems to go away
Prevent and Reverse Periodontal Disease
Brush thoroughly, at least twice a day. Although brushing twice a day is recommended, brushing after every meal can better fight the tartar and bacteria that can lead to periodontal disease. Brush for at least two minutes, dividing the mouth into quarters, giving careful attention to every area of the mouth.
Brush your tongue from back to front, and use your toothbrush or a tongue scraper to remove additional bacteria.
Floss daily to loosen food debris and bacteria that can’t be reached by a toothbrush.
Rinse with antimicrobial mouthwash after brushing to get between the teeth in a way that a toothbrush cannot. Choose products that are advertised to “kill germs that cause bad breath, plaque and gingivitis” and are approved by the ADA.
Periodontal Disease Treatment
If you develop gum disease, getting periodontal treatment early can keep you from gum surgery or, even worse, losing your teeth.
Periodontal treatment is not a painless procedure. Your dental care expert will carefully scrape the tartar off the teeth and around gum line. In the early stages of periodontal disease, intensive professional cleaning, routine dental care, and close monitoring between you and your dentist can prevent further development.
However, in severe cases, your dental care team may recommend gum surgery. It is recommended that you seek a second opinion before embarking on any surgery.
To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Baltimore, call Dental One Associates of Cross Keys today at (443) 863-6394 or make an appointment.
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