Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums and tissues that surround the teeth. This infection occurs when plaque and tartar build up around the gumline. Gum disease can be prevented with diligent brushing and flossing, but the truth is, almost 50% of American adults suffer from some form of gum disease.
The two evident stages of gum disease include gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis involves swollen or red gums that may bleed easily. Gingivitis can be easy to fix with a non-surgical treatment at One Dental Care Center of Kalispell.
If you do not receive treatment for gingivitis, your condition may escalate to periodontitis. This destructive disease affects not only the gums but also the bone and teeth. Periodontitis leads to tooth loss and jawbone deterioration.
Risk Factors for Gum Disease
Gum disease is so common that it is crucial for everyone to visit their dentist regularly for examinations. However, some patients may be more susceptible to gum disease than others. Some risk factors include:
- Tobacco and alcohol use
- Family history of gum disease
- Systematic bodily disease
- The use of some medications like steroids and cancer therapy drugs
Warning Signs of Periodontal Disease
The symptoms of periodontal disease are different for everyone. If one or more of the following symptoms look familiar to you, call Dr. Pittaway to learn more about periodontal disease.
- Change in bite
- Dental work that no longer fits properly
- Loose teeth or tooth loss
- Separating teeth
- Tenderness and swelling of the gums
- Gums that bleed easily during brushing and flossing
- Gums that are receding from the teeth
- Chronic bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
- Sore in the mouth that does not disappear after a few weeks
Treating Gum Disease at One Dental Care Center of Kalispell
We focus on treating gum disease in a non-surgical and non-invasive way. Deep cleanings like scaling and root planing can reverse the symptoms of periodontal disease.
We also use the latest technology to provide you with effective gum disease therapy. Dr. Pittaway is proud to provide the Waterlase, an advanced tool which can remove inflamed tissue in a safe and painless way. The Waterlase eliminates calculus deposits and bacteria from the gums without serious cutting or bleeding.
To learn more about treating red and swollen gums, give us a call today.