The most common cause of tooth loss is gum or periodontal disease. An estimated 50% of adults over the age of thirty have some level of gum disease that is impacting their oral and overall health. Not only does periodontal disease threaten tooth health, but it can also increase risks for serious health concerns like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular conditions. At Hollon Dental, we offer effective treatment for gum disease at our dental center in Mobile, AL.
Symptoms and Causes of Periodontal Disease
Gum disease is directly linked to oral hygiene, but it can be affected by other health conditions. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gum tissue from bacteria, which can lead to deterioration of the gum tissue and bone in the jaw. Gum disease starts with bacteria feeding on food debris on and in between the teeth. The formation of plaque and tartar are evidence of the bacteria at work, which can irritate and affect the gum tissues around the teeth. Some of the symptoms of gum disease include:
- Swollen or red gum tissue
- Bleeding gums, usually when brushing or flossing
- Bad breath
- Pockets around the teeth in the gum tissue
- Receding gums
During checkups and dental cleanings, our dental hygienists and dentists look for the tell-tale signs of gingivitis and gum disease. In the early stages, gum disease can be reversed with treatment. Even in the later stages, treatment for gum disease can stop the deteriorating of the gums and bone to prevent tooth loss.
Treatment for periodontal disease depends on the stage. Early on, simply increasing the frequency of dental cleanings and using medication to fight the bacterial infection can stop the disease. More advanced stages may require scaling and root planing to remove tartar from below the gum line, or other, more invasive treatments, to control the infection.
Gum disease and gingivitis can be prevented or treated with regular visits to the dentist and at-home oral health care. Hollon Dental offers effective prevention against gum disease and periodontal disease treatment at our practice in Mobile, AL. Contact our dental office today to book your next checkup.