Millions of Americans suffer from periodontal disease. At Bishop Family Dental, we treat patients throughout the Salt Lake City area that are struggling with this condition, and provide a variety of treatment solutions to help combat the symptoms and heal the gums. If you are concerned that your gums are unhealthy, call 801-274-2500 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Daniel Bishop and receive a dental examination.
What are the signs of gum disease?
You may have gum disease if your gums are red and swollen or bleeding. It is natural for this to happen from time to time after eating something that irritates your gums or brushing too aggressively. If, however, this happens on a regular basis you probably have some type of gum disease. Other symptoms are bad breath, loose teeth, pain while chewing, sensitive teeth, and teeth that appear longer. If you live in the 84124 area, we can examine your gums and let you know what the source of your problem is.
The Consequences of Periodontal Disease
In its early stages, gum disease can cause some irritation and bleeding. There may be some discomfort, but it will be minimal. This stage is called gingivitis. If, however, it is left untreated the disease will spread, and the gums will start to recede by pulling away from the tooth. This creates pockets in the gum tissue that can expose more of the tooth structure and the root system. Once exposed, the tooth and roots are more susceptible to becoming infected as bacteria can gather and start to irritate the area. This can lead to cavities and infections along with bone loss. In severe cases, the bone loss in combination with receding gums can lead to tooth loss. In many cases, adult teeth that fall out due so because of gum disease.
What causes gum disease?
In short – bacteria. When bacteria remain on the teeth, it can form plaque and tartar. When this substance becomes stuck in between the teeth and gums, it can lead to gum complication. The best way to prevent this is to brush and floss several times throughout the day along with visiting the dentist for regular teeth cleanings.
Are certain people at risk for the condition?
There are things you can do to increase your risk for getting gum disease. This includes smoking, hormonal changes, pregnancy, diabetes, certain medications, and genetics. Any time that the blood flow is constricted or reduced, your risk for the disease increases. This is why diabetics and pregnant women are more susceptible to the condition. At Bishop Family Dental, we recommend that our pregnant patients visit our office at least twice during pregnancy in order to decrease their risk and the pregnancy complications that come with it.