Gum Disease in Schaumburg, IL
Periodontitis, or gum disease, is a bacterial infection that can result in damaged gums and ultimately, loss of teeth. Symptoms include bleeding during brushing, chronic bad breath, red and swollen gums, receding gum line, and loose or shifting teeth. When plaque builds up along the gum line, gums become inflamed and begin to pull away from the teeth. This is why it’s so important to remove the sticky film of plaque that forms on the teeth every day!
The early stages of gum disease are classified as gingivitis, and if caught early on, the effects of the disease can be reversed. Once the gums and bone begin to deteriorate, the damage is permanent and can only be managed, not cured, with professional treatment. Daily brushing and flossing can help prevent the onset of periodontal disease, but regular dental exams and cleanings in Schaumburg, IL are necessary to ensure that all plaque and tartar are removed from the teeth and that the signs of gum disease are caught before the damage is irreversible. Many patients do not experience any symptoms of periodontal disease until it’s too late, which is why it’s important to schedule a dental evaluation with Dr. Aristodemo today to learn more!
If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, you are not alone. Research shows more than half of Americans suffer from periodontal disease. Finding the disease is the first step in preventing tooth loss!
Gum disease usually starts as a result of poor oral hygiene. Improper or irregular brushing and flossing will allow bacteria to collect below the gum line. Smoking also contributes to a poor oral environment and accelerates the spread of bacteria in the mouth.
Warning Signs of Periodontal Disease:
- Bleeding gums
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Bad breath that doesn’t go away
- Loose or separating teeth
- Pus between your teeth
- A change in the way your teeth fit together
Preventing Gum Disease
Periodontal disease affects about 80% of U.S. adults and contributes to more tooth lose than cavities. A daily home care regimen is necessary to try and prevent periodontal disease. Thoroughly brushing for two minutes, twice a day and flossing every night will help keep bacteria under control. Flossing not only helps prevent cavities in between the teeth, but also when done properly, cleans under the gum line and helps fight gum disease.
Many people understand the correlation between tobacco use and lung disease, heart disease and cancer, but recent studies show a link between tobacco use and periodontal disease. We have found an increase of hard, tartar build up, deeper gum pockets and more bone loss in patients who use tobacco products.
At Happy Smiles Family Dentistry, we encourage all of our patients to quit smoking to improve their overall health and quality of life!
How proper oral care can prevent gum disease?
When we eat, bacteria is mixed with food and it forms a sticky film (plaque) on our teeth. Regular brushing and flossing will remove this film. However, just a couple of days can be enough for the plaque to harden into tartar. Removing tartar requires professional dental cleaning by Dr. Aristodemo. Tartar also permits more bacteria to collect on the teeth causing gum tissue and bone to inflame from the irritation.
Untreated gum tissue inflammation can cause bone loss that allows pockets to develop between the gums and teeth. As these pockets become deeper, more bacteria will fit and build up inside them and eventually destroy the gum tissue and bone that support the teeth. If too much bone is destroyed the teeth will not be supported anymore and will fall out.
Our dental office in Schaumburg, IL treats gum disease according to the severity of the disease and other underlying medical conditions you may have. We usually start with a deep cleaning in the office to remove bacteria from the teeth and under the gums. Dr. Aristodemo will discuss with you the best treatment options and look at your medical history to see if you might have other medical condition, such as diabetes, that may be contributing to your gum disease.
In some cases, nonsurgical approaches are not enough to prevent further damage and Dr. Aristodemo may refer you to a periodontist for gum surgery.
If you have bad breath or your gums bleed when brushing, please schedule a dental consultation in Schaumburg, IL and ask to be evaluated for gum disease to prevent more serious conditions.