Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a major concern among dental and other health professionals. It can cause damage to your gums, teeth and jaw, as well as your overall health. Gum disease is fairly common, but most people are unaware that they have it. At Ford Avenue Family Dentistry, we want to help you maintain good oral health and prevent gum disease. To do that, Dr. Ray Wallace and Dr. Catherine Bordlemay will examine your mouth for any signs or symptoms of gum disease. We will also educate you about the symptoms so you know what you can look for at home. If you have questions about any of the signs and symptoms of gum disease in Richmond Hill, Georgia, we welcome you to contact us at (912)756-2936 and schedule an appointment with our dentists.
Gum disease is a bacterial infection that can affect both your gums and your teeth. It is caused by a buildup of plaque along the gum line, often a result of poor oral hygiene, medications or other health problems. When the plaque hardens, it separates your gums from your teeth and creates an area for harmful bacteria to hide out. If left untreated, the infection can spread to your tooth roots and to your bone.
There are many risks associated with gum disease, especially if it is left untreated. In addition to causing tissue, tooth and bone damage, the infection can enter your bloodstream and cause problems to your overall health. This can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. Studies have also shown that periodontal disease (advanced gum disease) can affect premature births, diabetes and pneumonia.
Although it is important to know the risks of gum disease, it is also important to recognize the symptoms so you can get immediate treatment. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Bleeding, inflamed and tender gums
- Hardened yellow or white substances between your gums and teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Dark spots or gaps at the base of your teeth, along the gum line
In many cases, the early signs of gum disease go unnoticed, and patients do not realize that they have developed gum disease until it is damaging their gums. To help catch gum disease early on, it is essential that you visit your dentist regularly for checkups. You are also welcome to visit our periodontist to see if you require gum disease treatment. Please call or visit our office to schedule your appointment and learn more. We are here to help your smile stay healthy.