July 2019: Keep Periodontal Disease in Check
It seems like every day periodontal disease is linked to yet another serious medical condition: heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s Disease, cancer. And the list keeps going.
Some studies indicate that up to 70-90% of people have Periodontal Disease (also known as Gum Disease). The symptoms can range from simple gum inflammation 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).
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 including smoking, diabetes, and certain medications.
Our Columbia, SC dentist and staff are trained to deal with periodontal disease in its early stages when the cost is typically lower. 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. This is why it is so important to visit us twice a year.
If left untreated, this condition may require a visit to a specialist which will increase your out-of-pockets costs and time away from family, work or leisure activities. If left untreated, you may develop one of the serious conditions noted above.
Please contact us to schedule your appointment and discuss any concerns you have.