Periodontal disease, also referred to as gum disease, is the result of plaque buildup in our mouths that has progressed passed the opening stages of gingivitis. If left untreated, gum disease can destroy our gums and cause irreversible tooth loss. Fortunately, with the help of excellent oral hygiene and our dedicated staff at Vincent C. Mayher, DMD, MAGD, periodontal disease can be prevented or treated.
Below are a few of the basics you should know about periodontal disease:
Question: What are some of the symptoms of gum disease?
Answer: You should look for: swollen gums that bleed easily, severe bad breath that is hard to remove, teeth that are sensitive or loose, gums that are pulling back from the teeth, and any conditions that make chewing painful or difficult.
Question: What are some of the risk factors for developing gum disease?
Answer: Risk factors include: smoking or chewing tobacco, hormonal changes typically seen in women and young girls, diabetes, any medications or foods that can cause dry mouth, genetics, and a poor diet.
Question: What are some options to prevent gum disease?
Answer: It is important to brush twice daily. You should also floss daily with dental floss or a dentist-approved flossing device. Also, make sure to attend your regularly scheduled oral exams and visit your dentist for regular professional cleanings.
Our team at Vincent C. Mayher, DMD, MAGD is here to help you with all your oral health care needs. If you would like an oral exam from Dr. Vincent Mayher, we can be reached via phone at 856-429-0404, or you can set up an appointment at our office in Haddonfield, New Jersey. We look forward to seeing you smile!