Gum Disease

gum disease

Over half of American adults have gum disease

While this statistic may be alarming, you should also note that a large number of cases remain undiagnosed. Left untreated, gum disease can not only destroy your oral health, but can have serious consequences for your systemic and overall health. The good news is, gum disease is entirely preventable and treatable with the help of a good oral hygiene routine and regular appointments with your Rochester dentist at White Spruce Dental.

What causes gum disease?

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is caused largely by poor oral hygiene. Plaque that is allowed to remain on the teeth around the gum line hardens into tartar, which irritates the gums to the point where they begin to pull away from teeth or recede.

What are the symptoms?

Warning signs and symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Redness or irritation
  • Puffy or swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Receding gums (teeth appear “larger” than before)
  • Loose teeth

One common misconception is that it’s normal for gums to bleed sometimes during regular brushing and flossing. This is false. Your gums should never bleed, if they do, it is a warning sign of early stage gum disease, and you should reconsider your oral hygiene routine, and schedule an appointment with your Rochester dentist immediately.

What are the risks?

Left untreated, gum disease can have serious consequences for your oral and overall health. Oral health complications include:

  • Receding gums
  • Tooth loss
  • Impacted bite

When allowed to progress, gum disease can significantly increase your risk for:

  • Heart attack
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Diabetes

If you have noticed any of the signs and symptoms of gum disease, or have already been diagnosed, your Rochester dentist at White Spruce Dental can help. Gum disease treatment can reduce pocket depth, and remove bacterial toxins that contribute to the disease.

If you have any questions about gum disease treatment, or would like to schedule an appointment with your Rochester dentist, Dr. Nozik or Dr. Tumminelli at White Spruce Dental, please contact us today at 585.424.5120.

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