Did you know that a high percentage, 50% or more of Americans have some form of periodontal disease, also called gum disease? It is far more prevalent than most people realize. And too many people do not take periodontal disease seriously.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is basically bacteria that has gathered in your mouth that affects your dental health. It can manifest itself in rather simple symptoms such as having bad breath. But untreated, periodontal disease as it progresses can cause your gums to recede, loosening your teeth and even lead to missing teeth! Yes, it can be that serious.
There is also some rather substantial evidence that your mouth can determine the good health (or the lack of it) in general. What goes into your mouth leads to what goes into the rest of your body. That, too, is a compelling reason why having good oral health is important. Our dedicated team is here to help you and we are located in Lodi to serve the Stockton and Galt areas!
What Are Some of the Symptoms of Periodontal Disease?
- Often the first symptom is bleeding from your gums when you brush or floss. There may or may not be any pain associated with this, and this may be one of the reasons people do not take bleeding gums seriously. If it doesn’t hurt, it’s not a big deal. However, this is an indication that there may be a problem and needs to be taken care of.
- If you have red, swollen or “warm” gums, this can most likely be periodontal disease, though there are other causes.
- Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth can also be an indication of gum disease. Unless you are eating foods that would cause your breath to be unpleasant or your mouth to taste strangely, it could be periodontal disease.
- If your gums are receding, gum disease may be the reason.
- If your teeth are loose, shifting, or it seems like when you bite down, your teeth do not fit together properly anymore, it could be gum disease.
What is the Best Gum Disease Treatment?
One of the best periodontal disease treatment systems is right at your fingertips — with a toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss! Brushing for at least three minutes twice a day and flossing once per day is excellent gum disease treatment and can make a huge difference in your oral health.
Your dentist can also offer you gum disease treatment with regular cleanings. If your gum disease is more advanced, there are several other gum disease treatment options that can help you once again gain good dental health. If you have any concerns about gum disease, call today! Those who are in Galt or Stockton, we are just a short distance away in Lodi. CA. We hope to see you soon!