Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a severe infection of your gums, tissues and even jaw bone. Without treatment, gum disease can have lead to further tooth loss.
You might not think that gum disease is common, but almost half of all American adults have it. It's almost as easy to treat, especially if oral hygiene neglect is a major factor. Patients can greatly improve their chances of successful treatment with regular brushing and flossing and routine dental cleanings and exams.
Together, we can reduce your odds of developing gum disease, and we can fight it if you already show signs.
Signs of Gum Disease
While periodontal disease is commonly asymptotic, there are signs patients can keep an eye out for. It's important to remember that healthy gums are supposed to be pink and firm, and they should be tight around the teeth. Signs to look for include:
- Swollen and tender gums
- Bleeding or bright red gums
- Bleeding after brushing and flossing
- Constant bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Pain while eating or chewing
- Receding gums that make your teeth look longer
- New gaps between teeth
Regular Dental Exams & Cleanings in Champaign
We recommend seeing patients every six months to allow us to check for oral health issues and measure and monitor your gums. We are proud to offer gum disease treatment in Champaign, IL, so that our patients can have strong and healthy teeth and gums.
The sooner we can identify and treat periodontal disease, the likelier we can reverse any damage caused.
Give Anderson Dental a call today at (217) 356-7334 to schedule your next dental exam!