Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is more common than many people realize. A large number of adults across the U.S. have some progression of the disease, even if they don’t know it. At Comprehensive Dental Care of Mt. Carmel, we’re committed to combatting gum disease throughout Southeastern Illinois and the Tri-state area.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Unhealthy bacteria in the mouth combine with saliva and other particles to form plaque, a sticky, colorless coating that covers your teeth. When plaque is left on teeth, it can harden and become tartar, which can lead to gum disease. The symptoms of gum disease include:
Swollen, bleeding gums
Infection of the gums
Soft tissue damage
Gums that bleed when you brush or floss are the first signs of periodontal disease, which, if left untreated, can lead to more serious problems like bone loss and soft tissue damage. Gum disease has even been linked to heart disease and other health issues.
Patients who smoke, have diabetes or other illnesses, or take certain medication, as well as certain genetic makeups are at higher risk for developing gum disease, though it can occur in anyone.
We use preventive measures to keep your gums clean and healthy, like using our specialized Cavitron magnetoscritive scaler at your regular hygiene visits. We’ll help you formulate a plan to take care of your gums and eliminate harmful bacteria that causes gum disease and infection, so you can develop healthy habits at home.
Should a periodontal screening show the early stages of gum disease, we can help treat it with Arestin anti-microbial medication and a thorough cleaning to remove plaque and tartar build-up.
Learn how to treat and prevent periodontal disease with a simple phone call: (618) 263-6555 to schedule an appointment today!