Regular brushing and flossing are important habits for keeping your mouth healthy, but it doesn’t always protect you from the bacteria that cause gum disease. Factors like missed dental cleanings, inadequate brushing techniques, poor nutrition, and genetic predisposition can make you more susceptible to gum disease.
Gum disease is a serious issue that can adversely impact your overall health as well as your teeth and gums. When your gums become infected, bacteria can spread to other parts of your body, increasing your risk of:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
- Reduction in bone mass
- Preterm or low birth-weight babies
In addition, periodontal disease that is left untreated can impact your long term oral health, making you more susceptible to tooth loss.
Yardley dentist Dr. Jennifer Kalochie offers periodontal treatment to all patients exhibiting mild to serious forms of gum disease. She will work closely with you to devise a treatment plan that effectively controls your gum disease so that you can prevent more serious health issues from developing down the road.
Diagnosing Gum Disease
Early treatment is integral to managing gum disease and preventing your teeth and gums from developing more serious issues. If you experience any of these signs of gum disease, let us evaluate and treat you right away:
- Red/irritated gums
- Sore gums
- Deep pockets (spaces between teeth and gums)
- Bleeding gums
- Tooth or gum sensitivity
- Loose teeth
- Sores (abscesses) on gums
- Bad breath
Please remember that gum disease often presents no symptoms in the early stages, so regular dental checkups could save you from significant tooth and gum damage.