It is estimated that 75% of American adults have some form of gum disease. Gum disease is often referred to as the “silent disease” because most patients experience no pain or obvious symptoms until advanced stages of the disease.
Gum disease is not only a serious dental concern, but the condition has been strongly linked to other medical issues such as heart disease and diabetes. Healthy gums provide the foundation for healthy teeth and Dr. Freano considers the prevention of gum disease an important facet of preventive dental care in his Lexington, KY dental office.
Dr. Freano performs a periodontal screening to check for the signs and symptoms of gum disease during routine dental care visits. Early detection is the key to reducing damage to the teeth and gums from gum disease, a leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
This short video from the American Dental Association talks about the common signs of gum disease and what to expect during a periodontal screening with your dentist.
Common signs of gum disease:
- Red, swollen or sore gums
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Mouth sores or pus between gums and teeth
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Changes in the fit of dentures
If you notice any of the above signs of gum disease, schedule an appointment with Dr. Freano to ensure effective treatment and reduce the risk of further damage or more complex dental problems.
Treating Gum Disease
Dr. Freano provides periodontal therapy to treat the various stages of gum disease and will recommend appropriate treatment after a thorough exam and determination of the stage of gum disease present.
If you have early signs of gum disease, known as gingivitis, he may recommend more frequent dental cleanings to restore your gums to optimal health. If more intensive treatment is needed, Dr. Freano may recommend a deep teeth cleaning known as scaling and root planning. During this procedure, the dentist or hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from the deep pockets of the gum.
Patients who have advanced signs of gum disease may require more intense treatment or surgery. In these cases, Dr. Freano may help coordinate treatment with a local periodontist.