Some studies indicate that 70-90% of people have Periodontal Disease, commonly known as Gum Disease. The symptoms can range from simple gum inflammation to major damage of the gums and bone that may lead to tooth lost.
Periodontal disease is caused by oral bacteria that hardens and forms plaque on teeth. Although brushing and flossing can remove some plaque, only a licensed dentist or hygienist can adequately remove any plaque that hardens (which is referred to as tartar). If not properly removed, this tartar can lead to Periodontal Disease.
Symptoms of Gum Disease include:
- Bad breath that will not go away.
- Red or swollen gums.
- Tender or bleeding gums.
- Painful chewing.
- Sensitive teeth.
- Receding gums or teeth that appear to be “longer”.
- Loose teeth.
There are several risk factors that can increase the chances of getting periodontal disease such as smoking, diabetes, and certain medications.
Our Columbia, SC dentist and staff are trained to deal with periodontal disease in its early stages. We have expertise in many procedures that will reduce the severity of this disease and, with proper continual care, allow our patients to manage this condition.
If left untreated, this condition may require you to see a specialist which will increase your out-of-pockets costs and time away from family, work or leisure activities. Some studies have indicated that if periodontal disease treatment is ignored, it can lead to severe health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and certain forms of cancer.
Please contact us to schedule your appointment and discuss any concerns you have.
Most insurance benefits reset in January. This can be an advantageous time to get your needed treatment done before your condition worsens and becomes more expensive.