Gum disease is an insidious chronic disease that affects many adults in this country.
One of the biggest problems with gum disease is that many people don’t even know they have it until it has become serious. Not only does gum disease negatively impact your overall oral health, but it can also increase your risk factors of developing serious diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
Often people don’t have any symptoms of gum disease; the only way to know for sure if your gums are healthy is to visit your dentist regularly. The earlier you discover that you have gum disease, the easier it is for your dentist to treat it.
Whether you are concerned you might have gum disease or it’s just been a while since you’ve visited the dentist, call Stasch Dental. Our entire team offers judgment-free treatment; we just want to get you on the path to good oral health!
Causes of Gum Disease
Why do people develop gum disease? Surprisingly, poor oral hygiene is only sometimes the culprit. Often factors such as genetics or lifestyle choices are key. For instance, smokers are at a higher risk of developing gum disease than nonsmokers. But the main cause is simply how your body responds to bacteria.
Signs of Gum Disease
When your gums are healthy, they not only make your smile more attractive but they also help protect your teeth by keeping bacteria and decay at bay.
If you are not having any symptoms of gum disease, the only way to know for sure if your gums are healthy is by getting a thorough dental examination.
But if you are having any of the following symptoms, this could be a sign that gum disease is present:
- Your gums bleed after brushing or flossing, or they are red and swollen.
- Your teeth suddenly appear to be longer because gums are pulling away from them.
- Your teeth feel looser.
- You can see pus between your teeth and gums.
- Your breath is bad—even after brushing.
Treating Gum Disease
Once gum disease has been identified, treatment is available.
At Stasch Dental, we have two hygienists who are trained to offer periodontal treatment, including laser therapy. This noninvasive treatment gently removes plaque and bacteria from below the gum line. It promotes healing of any periodontal pockets that have formed as your gum tissue becomes healthy again.
We recommend that patients who undergo treatment for gum disease get deep cleanings every few months to maintain healthy gums.
We cannot emphasize enough the importance of regular examinations and cleanings to get rid of bacteria and plaque. It’s important to brush and floss regularly, but even the most diligent home care cannot prevent tartar and plaque from forming on teeth. Nothing will remove it except for special dental instruments used by your dental hygienist.
Make an Appointment Today
Call Stasch Dental to keep your smile healthy, including your gums. Our practice strongly emphasizes preventive care to make sure our patients enjoy a lifetime of good oral health. We look forward to seeing you!