Periodontal Disease, better known as Gum Disease, will affect three out of four Americans at some point in their life. Also the leading cause of tooth loss, only 3% of those affected will get treatment before it is too late. Dr. Stephen Hoard is a general dentist in New Bern, NC who offers comprehensive treatment options to prevent and manage gum disease.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Gum disease is caused by bacteria and debris trapped below the gum line in the periodontal pockets between the gum and tooth. This bacteria can cause irritation and inflammation, attacking the tissue, causing it to erode.
A silent disease, gum disease often exhibits no signs or symptoms and typically goes undetected or ignored until severe gum and bone destruction is unbearable. A chronic and often painless bacterial infection, gum disease that is left untreated can cause tooth loss.
For patients who have established a routine of dental cleanings and examinations, gum disease can often be caught in the earliest stages. Bacteria can be cleaned from the periodontal pockets, preventing gum disease from erupting.
Signs & symptoms of gum disease include:
- Red or swollen gums
- Receding gums
- Loose or shifted teeth
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
- Persistent bad breath
- Changes in the fit of dentures
- Sores in the mouth
If you already have signs or painful symptoms of gum disease, you may need more intense treatment. Depending on your case, Dr. Hoard will recommend the most conservative treatment method possible.
Don’t wait until its too late to get checked for gum disease. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.