We perform some periodontal treatments in their Severna Park dental office, focusing on the prevention and treatment of gum disease.
Gum disease is a serious dental concern that affects a significant portion of the adult population. Even with the best home care routine, dental visits are extremely important for preventing gum disease and intercepting problems in the early stages.
Not only is gum disease a concern for dental health, but it may contribute to a number of other health concerns including heart disease, diabetes, premature birth, low birth rate and other chronic health conditions. Our dentists take a holistic approach to dentistry, considering a person’s overall health and wellness as well as their dental health.
Causes & Symptoms of Gum Disease
There can be many factors that contribute to gum disease. Some of the most common include:
- Smoking or tobacco use
- Family history
- Pregnancy and hormonal changes in women
- Certain medications
- Teeth grinding
- Poor nutrition, obesity or disease such as diabetes
Gum disease is known as a “silent disease” because most patients don’t experience pain or obvious symptoms until the condition has progressed. Common signs of gum disease include:
- Red, swollen or sore gums
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Persistent mouth sores
- Persistent bad breath
- Changes in the fit of dentures