Gum disease will affect approximately 75% of American adults at some point in their lives. This can be as simple as minor irritation caused by early gingivitis or a major dental issue in the form of receding gums and gums that bleed when brushing.
While most patients suffering from the early stages of gum disease can be treated successfully by Dr. Lynn Morgan, DDS, at her Severna Park dental office, advanced gum disease may require more extensive treatments and be referred to a local periodontist.
Dr. Morgan seeks to educate her dental patients during dental visits on the early warning signs of gum disease:
- Bleeding gums
- Sore gums
- Receding gums
- Loose Teeth
- Sores in the mouth
- Changes in the fit of dentures
- Persistent bad breath
Why are healthy gums important?
Dr. Morgan emphasizes the role that healthy gums play in our overall health. It has been found in recent studies that there is a correlation between gum disease and cardiovascular disease, including stroke. They have also found links between gum disease and diabetes. Your dental health has been proven to have an impact on overall health, and the health of your gums has a direct impact on your dental health- this is why Dr. Morgan takes the time during preventive care visits to address gum disease and educate her patients on effective at-home oral hygiene.
Dr. Morgan offers a variety of periodontal treatment for mild to moderate gum disease. For patients who exhibit the early signs of gum disease, known as gingivitis, a thorough dental cleaning can often effectively remove plaque build up and stop the progression of gum disease. Dr. Morgan may also recommend the use of an anti-bacterial rinse or an additional visit to her Severna Park office to help maintain oral health. In more advanced cases, a treatment known as scaling and root planing may be effective in removing plaque from the deep pockets of the gum and restoring oral health.
If you are concerned that you may have gum disease, schedule an appointment with Dr. Morgan for a thorough exam and dental cleaning.