Over 80% of U.S adults suffer from some degree of gum disease, which is a risk factor in heart and lung disease. Matthew St. George, DDS, at St. George Family Dental in Fulton, Missouri, can help treat your periodontal disease to ensure your gums remain healthy and your oral health is perfect. If you have questions regarding your oral health, call our office today.
Periodontal disease, known as gum disease, is when your gums become inflamed and bleed easily due to the buildup of bacteria in plaque.
There are many symptoms related to gum disease, such as:
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important you schedule a consultation with Dr. St. George to treat your gum disease and avoid consequences such as losing a tooth.
The three stages in gum disease are:
This is the earliest stage of gum disease where you may notice some bleeding during brushing and flossing. Luckily, any damage during this stage can easily be reversed as the bone and connective tissue holding your tooth hasn’t been affected.
If your gingivitis is left untreated, periodontitis can occur. In this stage, your gums slowly detach from your teeth creating deep pockets where food and plaque can build up, causing further damage. In addition, your gums will recede more and bleed easily.
In this final stage, the supporting structures of your teeth including bone and fibers are destroyed, which can result in the shifting, loosening, or falling out of your teeth. This leads to pain while chewing or offensive bad breath.
The best part is that gum disease is highly preventable and can be reversed through practicing proper plaque control methods. These include having a semiannual dental checkup, brushing and flossing daily, and avoiding smoking.
Because there are different stages to periodontal disease, Dr. St. George offers a variety of non-surgical and surgical treatments to eliminate plaque and prevent tooth loss, including:
If you’re struggling with any gum disease symptoms and want to stop your gingivitis from progressing, call St. George Family Dental today.