5 Big Facts About Gum Disease
Sensitive teeth, bleeding or swollen gums … these are all signs of a serious problem known as gum disease . This problem will affect millions of people across the world. In fact, it has reached epidemic proportions, and our Millburn NJ dental office aims to make our community aware of the dangers of gum disease
At Millburn Dental Arts, we provide thorough exams and gentle gum disease treatments we can ensure that your mouth is healthy. Today we want to provide a few facts about gum disease — what it can do to your body and how to treat this problem.
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss
It seems like we dentists are constantly reminding our patients about the dangers of cavities. Tooth decay can wreak havoc on your smile and cause teeth to fail, but gum disease is still the leading cause of tooth loss. The reason is biggest gum disease can develop quickly and spread throughout the mouth quickly. Gum disease generally begins with some bleeding or swelling of the gums. Patients usually notice these problems whenever they brush or floss. If gum disease is left untreated, it only gets worse. Advanced gum disease, called periodontitis, can cause the teeth and gums to literally pull apart. What happens is that they infection will erode the gums and underlying bone, causing the tooth to become loose in the socket.
Gum disease affects millions of people
Studies have found that gum disease is a problem that can affect people of all ages. We’ve found that about 50 percent of people 30 or older will struggle with gum disease. Additionally, the risk goes up the older you get. So, whenever you’re 65 or older, the risk of gum disease goes up to about 70 percent. That’s a big problem because as you get older, it’s harder for your body to fight off infections.
Gum disease isn’t always curable
Gum disease has a few different stages. The early stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis — the top signs of this problem are bleeding or swollen gums. Your dentist can reverse this stage of gum disease. However, periodontitis, the most severe form of gum disease, is not curable. It can be managed, however, but you’ll need treatment for the rest of your life. We recommend that people with periodontitis visit the dentist every three to four months. This allows us to track the infection and provide aggressive infection control method to stop the problem from getting worse.
Gum disease increases risk of overall health problems
Recent studies have found that gum disease is a serious oral health problem and overall health problem. Research has found that gum disease is linked to problems like heart disease, diabetes, and even increases the risk of having a stroke. While all of these issues deal with plaque and inflammation and we worry about the gum infection entering the bloodstream, studies still have found not cause-and-effect relationship between gum disease and these issues.
And you’ll remember early that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. Studies have shown that people without teeth often have unhealthy eating habits because it’s difficult to eat healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, and lean meats. This is why many patients with tooth loss have decided to undergo dental implant placement. Dental implants are nearly as strong as your natural teeth and can secure your dentures or replace entire arches of missing teeth.
We don’t need scalpels to treat gum disease
Tartar and plaque buildup beneath the gum line can typically be removed through a process known as a deep cleaning. That’s when we remove the tartar buildup and then apply an antibiotic to reduce the risk of future problems. However, many dentists or periodontists — gum specialists — use scalpels and stitches to remove serious gum infections from the mouth. This treatment can be very invasive and carry a lengthy recovery period. At Millburn Dental Arts, we are using sophisticated lasers to treat the infection gum disease. The lasers actually evaporate the infection and then allow the teeth and gums to re-attach naturally. Because we don’t need to use scalpels or stitches, the recovery period for laser dentistry is much faster. Also, we can complete the treatment is less time using lasers.
Gum disease isn’t a problem to take lightly. As you can see, it can have serious effects on your oral health and well-being. If you have bleeding gums, swollen gums, sensitive teeth, or even chronic bad breath, you need to call Dr. Krosser can our team. Dr. Krosser has more than 30 years of dental experience and has spent thousands of hours learning state-of-the-art treatments. He’s a member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry and the Academy of Computerized Dentistry.
Call our Millburn, NJ dental office today at 973-957-1604 or fill out our online form to request an appointment.