Wake Forest dentist urges consistent preventive measures to detect gum disease early
The earlier Dr. Edmond Suh can diagnose gum disease, the better. Bone loss is associated with this progressive disease. By intervening while gum disease is still in its earlier stages, you can avoid developing the advanced form of this disease, periodontitis. This serious gum infection attacks soft tissue and destroys the bone supporting your teeth, resulting in loose teeth that either fall out or have to be pulled.
The good news is gum disease doesn’t have to get to that point. Dr. Suh and his team at Supremia Dentistry also have the latest tools and techniques to treat your symptoms comfortably yet effectively.
Depending on the stage of the disease, reversing the symptoms and preventing destructive complications such as tooth loss may be as easy as following suggestions for at-home care provided by Dr. Suh. Even something as seemingly simple as brushing and flossing technique can have long-term consequences for the health of your teeth, gums, and entire body. A healthy mouth means a healthy body.
Gingivitis is a common but mild form of gum disease. At this point, it is primarily characterized by inflammation of the tissues or gums surrounding and supporting the teeth.
While the most common cause of gingivitis is inadequate preventive oral health care, some factors can increase your likelihood of developing gum disease.
The American Academy of Periodontology provides an interactive risk assessment, which prompts consumers to answer a series of questions about their age, habits, medical conditions, and family history. It’s estimated that one-half of gum disease is “in the genes.” Other factors include advanced age, preexisting medical conditions such as diabetes and even high stress, and use of tobacco products.
While gum disease can be reversed early on, the catch is that this condition is widely considered silent — you may not even realize something is wrong or show any symptoms until the disease has progress to a more advanced stage.
Symptoms to watch out for include:
- Redder than usual gums
- Swollen, puffy and soft gums
- Tenderness, discomfort
- Bleeding, especially during flossing and brushing
- Bad breath
If allowed to progress without at-home hygiene modifications or office treatments and care, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis. This occurs when that sticky film called plaque spreads and grows under the gum line. The bacteria in the plaque produce a destructive immune response, eventually resulting in the breakdown of supportive tissues and bone.
You may experience many of the symptoms mentioned above, as well as:
- Wider spaces between the teeth
- Foul taste in the mouth
- Teeth feel loose
- Changes to bite, or how the upper and lower teeth fit together
- Teeth may appear longer as gums pull away from the bone
If you have any of these gum disease symptoms, call Supremia Dentistry in Wake Forest to schedule an exam and professional cleaning. Even if you haven’t noticed these symptoms, but you haven’t seen a dentist in a while, it’s critical to call 919 556 6200. Regular checkups allow Dr. Suh and his team to catch any problems you may not otherwise know you have early.