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Signs and symptoms of Gum Disease
Periodontal disease is a dangerous disease because it is often painless, symptomless and goes untreated. Some common signs that you may have early or advanced stages of gum disease include bleeding, tenderness, bad breath, swelling, redness, shifting or loose teeth. If you have one or more of these symptoms please make an appointment today.
When gum disease is detected and treated early it can greatly reduce your risks for heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, cancer and diabetes. The American Academy of Periodontology estimates that 80% of Americans have periodontal disease, and 4 out of 5 are unaware they have it.
What can you do?
Get checked out with your dentist and dental hygienist to get a comprehensive periodontal exam that will detect any signs of gum disease. With a proper treatment plan gum disease can be controlled. Treatment may include “deep cleaning” or scaling and root planning of the teeth and root surfaces below the gums, oral salivary pathogen test, local antibiotics placed directly into the infected gum tissue, systemic antibiotics, laser gum therapy to remove infected gum tissue, and other advanced therapies if needed.
It’s important to maintain a good oral health routine to prevent gum disease. This should include brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing every day. Plaque constantly forms on the teeth and below gum. If you smoke, have high blood pressure or are overweight we can help you take the necessary steps to decrease these risks factors. Your dental hygienist can recommend which are the best oral hygiene products for you.
To learn more about gum disease or if you are seeking treatment, contact Authentic Smiles in Austin, TX today. Call us at 512-330-9403 or fill out our online contact form on our contact us page to be contacted.
To learn more about gum disease read our blog: gum disease overview.