Having healthy gums is crucial to maintaining a beautiful smile, as well as good overall health. Gum disease, technically called periodontal disease, is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults and has been tied to conditions like diabetes and stroke. In its early stages, when gum disease presents as minor gum inflammation, known as gingivitis, it can often be reversed with professional care and a dedicated oral hygiene routine. If not treated, it advances into periodontitis, and leads to a great deal of damage, including bone loss and the disintegration of connective tissue, both of which support the teeth. Unfortunately, you can have periodontal disease for years without any symptoms, which is why your regular exams and appointments are so important. Our skilled team offers a full range of preventative services, as well as Naperville gum disease treatment.
Signs of Gum Disease
If you experience the following symptoms of gum disease, visit a dentist as soon as possible:
- Redness, tenderness or swelling of the gum tissue
- Gaps between the gums and teeth
- Gums that bleed
- Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
- A change in your bite, or the way your teeth fit together
- Looseness or movement of the permanent teeth
- Pus between the gums and teeth that appears when you press on the gums
- Change in the fit of partial dentures
Recent research has linked periodontal disease to other chronic inflammatory conditions, including cardiovascular disease, arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease. If you’ve been diagnosed with one of these conditions, it’s recommended that you get evaluated by a dental professional.
Give Your Gums the Care They Deserve
At Naperville Dental Specialists, our knowledgeable, licensed dental hygienists are trained in detecting gum disease, even when you don’t have any obvious signs. By catching it early, our dentists can then typically reverse it and get your smile back to optimal health. In its later stages, we aim to minimize the damage and prevent the disease from getting worse to ward off tooth loss and uncomfortable symptoms. Keeping up with your regular appointments for cleanings and being aware of subtle changes in your teeth and gums will go a long way in maintaining healthy gums. For preventative care or if you suspect you have gum disease, request an appointment online or call us at (630) 848-2010 to schedule a visit.
15-20% of adults aged 33 to 44 have some form of gum disease.
Smokers are three times more likely than non-smokers to have gum disease.
70% of Americans 65-years-old and over have periodontal disease.