Gum Disease, the Silent Disease
Gum disease affects 87% of all people in the U.S. according to the American Academy of Periodontology. Some patients may experience soreness, bleeding, swelling or recession of their gums. It is an infection of the gums and bone surrounding your teeth destroying the bone that supports your teeth. It is the major cause of tooth loss in adults.
For some patients it is painless and undetected until they come in for their professional cleaning and a comprehensive exam by Dr. Lee or Dr. Kim. We diagnose periodontal disease by measuring the gums. The measurements help us diagnosis areas of concern and severity of disease.
In a healthy mouth the space between the tooth and bone (called a pocket) is usually 1-3mm. When you have gingivitis and periodontal disease these pockets get deeper and range from 4mm-10mm or more. In this case the teeth become loose and will eventually, fall out.
Gum disease is also linked to heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Research has now shown that having periodontal disease puts you at risk for other conditions including Rheumatoid Arthritis, certain cancers and even kidney disease.
To protect yourself from these health conditions, including gum disease, make sure to brush your teeth twice a day, floss or use another method to clean in between your teeth and have a consultation with one of our dental professionals at Delite Dental in Summerville, SC for a comprehensive periodontal evaluation.
Periodontal disease can’t be cured but it can be stabilized with treatments including deep cleanings and more frequent visits with our hygienist. Changing your homecare routine with suggestions offered by any of our dental professionals will also benefit and help you keep the disease process from progressing any further.
One of the best tools to add to your homecare routine is a Waterpik Waterflosser. Call our office to schedule your New Patient Appointment and the FIRST 3 patients that mention this blog will receive a FREE Aquarius Waterpik at your New Patient exam in July.