Your Gums Send Signals: Would You Notice Them?

 

Gum diseasePeriodontics Houston & Sugar Land TX is an interesting problem that affects men and women all around the world. What is so interesting about it is that approximately 80% of humans develop the inflammation and infection caused by oral bacteria, and yet, gum disease is one of the least noticed conditions to occur in the mouth. This goes to show how subtle the signs are, and it could explain why the number of people affected continues to be high. When a cavity or other infection occurs in the mouth, we know because it hurts. Gum disease? Not so much, at least not at first.

The Warning Signs are Subtle

Gum disease begins as mild inflammation. It is during this early stage in which treatment is most effective. The problem is, many people miss the opportunity to stop inflammation and prevent infection because they do not notice or take seriously

  • Chronic bad breath
  • A little blood from brushing or flossing
  • Mild tooth sensitivity
  • Redness or puffiness around a tooth or teeth
  • Space expansion between teeth
  • Elongation of teeth

Early Recognition Matters

We discuss gum disease quite a bit because this is a potentially serious condition that can be prevented or halted with appropriate care. When inflammation is noticed and treated, it is possible to stop the progression of full-blown infection, which could cause teeth to become loose or, in serious cases, fail (requiring extraction). Gum disease is also a risk factor for numerous medical conditions, ranging from diabetes to Alzheimer’s. The treatment of this seemingly minor oral condition holds a lot of value for long-term health.

Treatment for Gum Disease

In many cases, gum disease can be treated with a deep cleaning. This involves removing bacteria from spaces that have formed between teeth and gums (periodontal pockets). The roots that have been affected by the disease may also need to be smoothed. This is referred to as root planing. Restoring a smooth surface to exposed roots encourages gum tissue to adhere to the tooth as intended.

Rest assured, your dentist and hygienist are concerned about your comfort during periodontal treatments. To learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease, contact one of our Houston area offices.

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