Scientific research has linked periodontal disease to conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and strokes.
Do your gums bleed? Blood in the sink while brushing can indicate a serious medical condition called periodontal disease. Unfortunately, it's also possible to have periodontal disease and have no noticeable symptoms. Half of all Americans over the age of 30 have periodontal disease according to the CDC, and the numbers increase with age.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is a chronic infection of the gums that, without treatment, can lead to gum, bone, and even tooth loss. At first, you may notice bleeding or discomfort when you brush or floss your teeth. You may also notice inflammation or color changes to your gum tissue. These are some of the first signs of periodontal disease, but when treated early and combined with consistent and thorough home care, early periodontal disease can be reversible.
In later stages, periodontal disease can result in the loss of bone due to chronic, untreated infection. Bone is the anchor for your teeth, and without a solid foundation, tooth loss can occur. Tooth loss is not only an aesthetic concern but also a matter of function, health, and comfort.
We believe in holistic care. This is why Dr. Forte not only expertly examines your teeth and gum tissue but also makes preventative recommendations based on your personal health and dental needs. He knows that each patient is unique and will tailor your preventative plan to optimize your health.
Who Is at Risk for Periodontal Disease?
While anyone can develop periodontal disease, certain risk factors increase your chances. Poor dental habits, smoking, and certain medications can increase your risk dramatically. Other factors that may increase your risk include medical conditions such as diabetes and cancer, pregnancy, age, and genetics. If you have one or more of these risk factors or suspect you have gum disease, do not hesitate to contact our office so we may address your concerns.
How Is Periodontal Disease Treated?
Regular dental examinations are your best defense against periodontal disease. Whether you are a long-time patient or brand new to our practice, Dr. Forte will perform a thorough exam of your teeth and gums. If he sees a change in your oral health, Dr. Forte will tell you right away because early detection will make treatment easier and less costly.
Treatment for periodontal disease is sometimes as simple as improved home care and oral medication, or treatment may require a more thorough cleaning. Sometimes deeper cleanings are necessary to gently remove bacteria below the gum line so your gums can heal. In advanced cases, surgery may be required to repair the damage to the gum and bone tissue.
Even if circumstances have kept you away from the dentist for a while, Dr. Forte will recommend the treatment that is just right for you, and our office staff will help you find a time that accommodates your busy schedule. Dr. Forte’s expertise and skill combined with your regular visits will keep your teeth healthy and comfortable for years to come.?