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Could You Have Periodontal (Gum Disease )

advanced dentistry Ralph Reilly DMD

75% – 80% of adults have some form of gum disease, and don’t even know it. Studies have proven that gum disease has lasting effects on your systemic health. Gum disease is associated with many life-threatening diseases including stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and premature low birth weight babies. By taking care of periodontal or gum health you can decrease your risk for these diseases.

Gum disease is an infection of the gums and jawbones. The bacteria, and chemical by-products of your bodies attempt to fight the bacteria, can enter the blood stream and cause serious problems in distant parts of the body. It critical to have the teeth cleaned and a thorough examination a minimum of twice a year, and it is critical that you do a thorough job at home cleaning the teeth twice daily. The good news is that gum disease can be treated and prevented. Today there are numerous aids available to help us, which include special toothbrushes, toothpastes, rinses and even prescription medications.

Keeping your gums healthy and in good condition is the foundation of good dental health. Each and every patient in our practice receives a complete periodontal or gum tissue examination/evaluation. Gum disease or periodontitis is painless and rarely has symptoms in its early stages, so many people have it but don’t find out until the disease has advanced.

Patient education and an expert soft-tissue management program with our hygienist is the first step to a healthy smile. By using our high tech software system, we can actually chart your gum health in our system by speaking to our computers, using voice activated software allows us to concentrate on what’s really important – you.

Working together we can often improve and maintain your periodontal health A dentist or hygienist must do a thorough and complete examination to detect it; especially in it’s early stages. Gum disease is similar to high blood pressure, or heart disease, by the time the person who has it notices symptoms it is in its advanced stages.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

  • Bleeding when you brush or floss
  • Redness or tenderness
  • Swollen gums
  • Chronic bad taste or bad breath
  • Pus between teeth
  • Loosening of teeth