Gum disease is much more prevalent than most people think. Many people are in some stage of gum disease without even it, and unfortunately, gum disease leads not only to losing teeth, but puts the individual at much higher risk for life threatening disease, such as heart disease and stroke.
“Depending on the stage of someone’s gum disease, the solution might be as simple as changing how they brush or floss,” says Dr. Bruce Fine of Fine Dental Care in Wayne. “If the gum disease has developed into more advanced stages, there are modern painless treatments designed to stop gum disease from continuing to progress, which can give people their health and confidence back, as well as stopping their teeth from falling out.”
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Bad breath, bleeding gums, and swollen red gums, generally indicates there is gum disease present. Some people might think their condition is a normal sign of aging that they can’t do anything about. “But that just isn’t so,” says Dr. Fine. “The sooner someone with gum disease gets to a dental professional, the sooner they can turn things around.”
How Gum Disease Develops
Here’s a quick overview of how people get gum disease. Everyone’s mouth has bacteria. The bacteria forms “plaque” on teeth. Brushing and flossing help get rid of plaque, but any plaque left behind hardens to form “tartar” (which brushing won’t clean). Only a professional teeth cleaning performed by a dental professional can remove tartar.
If left unchecked, over time plaque and tartar cause infection of the gums, known as “gingivitis.” When gingivitis isn’t treated, it begins to destroy the bone that holds the teeth in place, advancing to “periodontitis.” The gums begin to pull away from the teeth and form spaces that become infected. When untreated at this stage, the bones, gums, and tissue supporting the teeth deteriorate, loosening the teeth, and eventually causing them to fall out.
Reversing the Damage with Modern Interventions
In this modern age of advancements in dentistry people should realize the new standard of care is, in many cases, reversing gum disease. “We can save people’s teeth through teaching them a proper home care routine, and for more advanced stages of gum disease, we have powerful, modern treatments,” says Dr. Fine. “But the first step remains, making an appointment with a dental professional.”
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If you’d like to learn what modern solutions are available for gum disease or have any questions, you can schedule a private, personal consultation with Dr. Fine by calling 973-633-5440. Or for more information, visit www.finedentalcare.com.