Do your gums bleed constantly? Do they cause you tooth pain, and other dental issues?
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. Dr. Freano considers the prevention of gum disease an important facet of preventive dental care in his Lexington, KY dental office. He makes it a point to visually check for gum disease during every appointment. If signs are found, you will be recommended treatments, and given at-home steps to alleviate the symptoms.
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.
What is Gum Disease?
Periodontal (gum) disease is a common oral health issue. It occurs when plaque buildup on your teeth is left unchecked. Plaque and bacteria eat away at your teeth and gums causing an infection at the area that holds your teeth in place. Bad oral habits contribute to the development of this preventable disease. Brushing and flossing regularly, visiting the dentist at least two times a year will certainly prevent periodontal disease.
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 with Periodontal Therapy
Dr. Freano provides periodontal therapy to treat the various stages of gum disease. He and his team will recommend appropriate treatment after a thorough exam and determination. Treatment will vary from individual to individual depending on 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 your gums. Modern dentistry allows us to provide pain-free periodontal therapy treatments upon request.
Patients who have advanced signs of gum disease may require more intense treatment or oral surgery. In these cases, Dr. Freano may help coordinate treatment with a local periodontist.
If you think you may have periodontal disease, or gum disease, but are not sure, visit our dentist in Lexington KY for diagnosis and treatment. Never assume a diagnosis without seeing a medical professional first. Call our dental care office at 859.554.1586 today.