Gum disease is a serious oral issue and can lead to irreparable harm to your gums, jaw bone, and teeth. One of the most shocking things about gum disease is that it is invisible in many cases and patients do not even know that they have the disease. Typically, it is first discovered at one of your dental checkups. Eventually, gum disease will turn into periodontal disease and once periodontitis forms, the damage caused can be permanent.
Periodontal disease IS gum disease, except that it has progressed into another stage of the disease. There are multiple stages and each one starts out as gum disease and then progresses. In the later stages of the disease, the gums will begin to swell and may pull away from the teeth. The ligaments and bones that hold the teeth in place are tested and may become weakened.
The first stages of gum disease are those that are the most silent. You likely will not even know that you have gum disease until you head in for your checkup. Once the gum disease advances, you will start to notice the symptoms as they become much more apparent. More than half of adults have gum disease and more than three-quarters of adults 35 and older have periodontal disease.
Below, Dr. Kenneth Cho will discuss some of the different signs of the disease, what treatment is like, and discuss receding gums. If you have any questions or you think you may have gum disease, now is the time to call Kenneth Cho Dentistry in La Habra.
What Causes Periodontal Disease?
The biggest cause of periodontal disease is plaque. When plaque forms on your teeth, it interacts with the bacteria and this leads to toxins forming. Once the toxins have formed, they then irritate the gums and cause the gums to swell and become aggravated. If you fail to seek out treatment at this point, you will eventually experience more severe issues such as tooth loss.
When plaque can remain on your teeth, it turns into tartar and tartar cannot be removed by you. It must be removed by a professional such as Dr. Cho. The plaque that extends beneath the gum line leads to further infection and irritation as well.
There are several factors that can contribute to how severe your gum disease is and that includes:
- Diseases such as AIDS or diabetes
- Oral contraceptives and pregnancy
- Grinding or clenching your teeth
- Certain medications
- Poorly fitting bridges
- Badly aligned teeth
- Poor diet and nutrition
- Smoking or chewing tobacco products
- Food that is impacted between your teeth
- Poor oral hygiene
- Defective fillings
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
While it may be difficult to detect periodontal disease at first, the symptoms will eventually become quite apparent. Some of the common symptoms that most patients experience at some point in the disease include:
- Teeth that are loose or teeth that have shifted in place
- Changes in the way your dentures fit or how your teeth fit when you bite down
- Gums that bleed when you floss or brush
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Teeth that have gums receding on them
- Pus in between the gums and teeth
- Tooth loss
- Swollen, red, and tender gums
Treatment of Periodontal Disease
Dr. Kenneth Cho wants you to call our La Habra office immediately if you think that you may have gum disease. It is important to know that gum disease can be treated but the longer you wait, the more severe the symptoms will become. Gum disease is treated with a deep cleaning which is often referred to as root planing and scaling.
This type of treatment is extensive and takes multiple visits to our La Habra office to complete it.
If your gum disease has advanced to a stage where deep pockets have formed, you will need medication to treat the disease.
What About My Receding Gums?
Gums that recede may start to alarm you and you may not be sure why they are receding. Often, people just assume it is a natural part of aging, and, while it can be, it is not always, so you must pay attention to your gums and overall oral health. Periodontal disease is often the reason why your gums recede and since three out of four adults have gum disease, it is no surprise that gum recession is part of it and is not noticed until later.
The earliest stages of gum disease will often result in gums that are red and swollen. This is the stage in which the disease can be reversed quite easily. If you allow the disease to progress, the changes that occur can be irreparable. Often, teeth will start to loosen and fall out in the later stages of the disease.
While you may be worried, it is important to know that Dr. Kenneth Cho is here to help you. He will work closely with you to identify why your gums are receding. Since gum recession can also be caused by aggressive toothbrushing, it is vital that you speak with our team to identify the cause.
Gum recession may need to be treated with a filling or graft to cover the root as you may experience sensitivity. If you have gum disease, think you have gum disease, or have receding gums, now is the time to call Kenneth Cho Dentistry to schedule an appointment.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Whether you are in good oral health or you think there may be a problem, we want to see you. Dr. Cho can provide you with the care you need to have healthy teeth and gums for life. If you do have gum disease, we have treatments for several stages of the disease and can reverse any damage done. Call Kenneth Cho Dentistry today and make an appointment in our La Habra office now.