January 30, 2017
Your gums are something you probably don’t think about too often. That is, until they’re suddenly red, swollen, or seem to be pulling away from where they originally were. Then you’ll probably find yourself wondering, do I have gum disease? The symptoms of periodontal (gum) disease aren’t so difficult to spot. Dr. James Rynar explains how to know when it’s time to seek gum disease treatment in Florham Park.
The Facts About Gum Disease
It may come as a surprise to learn that the majority of adults over the age of 35 are experiencing some level of gum disease. It’s caused primarily by the bacteria found in plaque, or the clear, sticky substance that forms on your teeth throughout the day. Without proper brushing and flossing, the bacteria are allowed to build up and lead to infection. Severe gum disease can eventually lead to tooth loss due to the slow degeneration of gum tissue.
Left untreated, gum disease can also take a significant toll on your systemic health. Your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body, and the gums provide bacteria with an easy entry into the bloodstream. The condition has been linked to…
- Heart problems: Cardiovascular disease and stroke are more common in people who have gum disease.
- Diabetes: People who have diabetes are more likely to experience inflammation and disease in the gums.
- Pneumonia: Bacteria in the gums can be aspirated into the lungs and cause serious respiratory issues.
- Pregnancy complications: Gum disease has been linked to premature birth and low birthweight. Pregnant women are also more likely to experience a mild form of gum disease called “pregnancy gingivitis.”
What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
Watch out for these warning signs that you have infected periodontal tissue. If one or more are true about your gums, do not delay in scheduling an appointment with the team at Metropolitan Periodontics & Implantology.
The symptoms of gum disease include…
- Bleeding, swollen, red gums
- Tender gums
- Chronic foul breath
- Gum recession, where it looks like the gums are pulling away from the teeth
- A bad taste in the mouth, even soon after brushing
Dentist in Florham Park Treats Gum Disease
In its earliest stages, gingivitis (early form of gum disease) can be reversed with improved dental hygiene at home and a couple of extra visits to the dentist. As the disease progresses, a deep cleaning (also called scaling and root planing) may be necessary to remove bacteria buildup from below the gum line. Antibiotic therapy is often combined with the deep cleaning for full healing. Severe cases of periodontal disease may require surgical treatment.
After a thorough evaluation of your oral health, Dr. Rynar will determine the method of periodontal therapy that is best for you.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
If you suspect you are dealing with the unpleasant side effects of gum disease, do not put off seeking treatment from Dr. Rynar. Schedule an appointment at Metropolitan Periodontics & Implantology today!
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