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Periodontal (gum) disease affects more than half adults in American, and most of them don’t know that they have it. This common oral disease affects one in every two Americans, and it’s the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. Gum disease is often referred to as the silent killer because symptoms may go unnoticed. The best way to determine if you have gum disease is to get a regular dental checkup every six months. Dr. Kathleen Carson, a dentist in Westlake Village can detect signs of gum disease, and provide effective treatment to stop it in its tracks.
What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease begins in a mild form known as gingivitis, which can be reversed with proper oral hygiene and regular dental checkups. Gingivitis presents symptoms of red, swollen gums that are tender and that bleed easily. Bad breath also is common during this stage. If left untreated, it progresses into periodontitis, which is the severe stage of the disease. You might have periodontitis if you have tooth loss, loose teeth, or gum recession.
What causes gum disease?
The main cause of periodontal disease is not taking care of your teeth and gums. Not brushing and flossing daily, and ditching your twice-yearly dental cleanings is likely periodontitis. Once periodontitis settles in, the gums separate from the base of your teeth creating periodontal pockets, harboring even more bacteria that can erode the jawbone. The only way to clean these periodontal pockets is through a professional dental cleaning at your dentist’s office.
If ignored, gum disease can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. For pregnant women, gum disease could lead to an increased risk of preterm birth and low birth weight in babies. Smokers and those with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing gum disease.
How can the dentist treat my gum disease?
Gum disease can be treated by visiting your Agoura Hills dentist. We offer different procedures, depending on each case. Common treatment includes what is called scaling and root planing, which involves cleaning out the periodontal pockets, and smoothing the tooth roots to allow the gums to heal. Other treatments may include laser gum therapy that zaps harmful bacteria, and removes diseased gum tissue to facilitate healing. The dentist also recommends that patients dealing with gum disease receive routine cleanings and checkups, and maintain good oral hygiene habits at home to prevent gum disease from progressing.
Gum Disease Treatment in Agoura Hills
Gum disease can increase your risk of many health-related problems, and it can be avoided by simply taking good care of your teeth, and visiting your dentist regularly. If you think that you may have gum disease, or would like to receive a screening, just contact Integrative Dental Arts by calling (818) 889-0400.