You might think your dentist only cares for your teeth, but we’re at least as concerned about healthy gums. After all, your gums are vital to support your teeth—and gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the US. Gum disease is a chronic infection, and bacteria use your mouth as the gateway to spreading infection throughout your body, including your heart and lungs. Gums that are red, inflamed, and bleeding are a warning sign that worse may be to come.
If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease in the Orlando area, we can help ensure that you get appropriate treatment to protect your teeth and your health. Please call (407) 834-6446 or email our dental office in Altamonte Springs today.
Are You Seeing Symptoms of Gum Disease?
Unlike some oral health problems, gum disease has very clear symptoms that you can detect every time you brush your teeth or just look at your smile in the mirror. These include:
- Dark red gums
- Swollen gums
- Uneven gum line
- Painful gums
- Gums bleed after eating or brushing
- Receding gums—your teeth seem to be getting longer
- Tooth sensitivity
- Loose teeth
If you are noticing any of these symptoms, you are probably suffering from some degree of gum disease. We recommend that you schedule a regular checkup and hygiene visit where we can evaluate the state of your gums and recommend appropriate gum disease treatment.
The Effects of Gum Disease
Many people don’t realize the severity of gum disease. It’s an infection that can have a major impact on your overall health, but people treat it differently than other infections. After all, if you had an infected finger that was red, swollen, and bleeding intermittently for weeks, you wouldn’t put off treatment—you’d do it right away.
It’s important to realize that gum disease has potentially severe complications for your health. The effects of gum disease include:
- Tooth loss
- Jawbone loss and increased fracture risk
- Heart disease
- Pregnancy complications
Once bacteria are firmly established in your mouth, they spread throughout your body, infecting critical systems. In addition to the above effects, there is evidence that bacteria hamper your body’s response to cancer, potentially increasing your risk of disease.
The flip side of this is that gum disease treatment can lessen the impact of these other diseases, including the financial impact. Gum disease treatment can reduce medical costs related to these secondary facts by thousands of dollars.
What Gum Disease Treatment Is Right for You?
At your checkup, we will evaluate the state of your gum disease and recommend treatments that are appropriate to the level of gum disease. For minor gum disease, we might recommend changes to your at-home hygiene.
For more serious gum disease, we may have to clean out colonies of bacteria in your gums and treat the area to make it less hospitable to them.
Even more serious gum disease treatment may be referred to a specialist.
The sooner we detect your gum disease, the less treatment is necessary. To schedule an appointment to learn what gum disease treatment in Orlando is right for you, please call (407) 834-6446 or email our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Michael L. Weinstock today.