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General Dentistry:

Gum Disease

Our experienced team at Parkcrest Dental Group performs comprehensive treatment for gum disease. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums surrounding your teeth.

Gum disease is one of the top reasons for tooth loss in adults, and because it is virtually pain-free, many patients do not know they have the disease. During each regular checkup, your dentist at Parkcrest Dental Group will check for signs of periodontal disease by measuring the space between your teeth and gums.

There are many risk factors associated with gum disease including:

  • Genetic susceptibility
  • Poor oral care
  • Certain medications
  • Use of tobacco products
  • Crowded or crooked teeth
  • Pregnancy
  • Medical conditions such as diabetes

Types of Gum Disease

While a large number of adults have gum disease, many people are not aware of it until it begins to cause major issues. Signs of gum disease include bleeding or sore gums, bad breath, loose or shifting teeth, or even tooth loss.

Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. Many people with gingivitis may begin to notice signs such as swollen, red gums or bleeding while brushing and flossing. The good news is that when treated early, gingivitis is typically reversible and can be easily treated by working with your Parkcrest Dental Group hygienist and focusing on consistent home care habits.

Periodontal disease is an advanced stage of gum disease. The infection in the gum tissue causes damage and loss of the bone surrounding the teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease and associated bone loss will cause teeth to get loose and ultimately tooth loss.

Gum disease is not just a condition limited to the mouth. It has been linked to other health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and premature births or low birth weight.

Treating Gum Disease

At Parkcrest Dental Group

Your dental professionals at Parkcrest Dental Group will be able to provide treatment options (such as cleanings or dental implants) depending on the severity and progression of the disease. The primary goal at Parkcrest Dental Group is to control the infection associated with gum disease and prevent further tissue damage. Any type of treatment requires that the patient keep up good daily oral care at home.

If you have concerns about the health of your gums, or have ever been told you have gum disease, be sure to discuss this with your health professionals at Parkcrest Dental Group. Ensuring the long term health of your gums can ensure a great smile for years to come.

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