Known as the “silent disease” by dentists, gum disease can often cause a variety of oral health issues before a patient realizes that they have it!
Gum disease has also been linked to overall health and recent studies have shown that it can be a factor in cardiovascular disease, diabetes and stroke risk. In other words, healthy gums are important!
Screening for gum disease and catching it in the early phases is an important reason for patients to visit Dr. Jason Petkevis, DMD at Dental Distinction in Chester Springs for routine cleanings and thorough dental exams twice a year, as recommended by the American Dental Association.
Approximately 75% of adults will experience gum disease at some time, but catching and treating it early can prevent additional dental problems, including tooth loss. Gum disease is considered one of the major causes of tooth loss in adults. Preventive care visits allow Dr. Petkevis and his staff to spot developing gum disease, often called gingivitis in the beginning phase, and effectively treat it with conservative procedures.
Dr. Petkevis also educates his dental patients on the signs and symptoms of gum disease:
- Bleeding gums or red, swollen or sore gums
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Mouth sores or pus between gums and teeth
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Changes in the fit of dentures
Dr. Petkevis offers treatment options for patients with gum disease, including laser treatment for more advanced cases. Laser dentistry can remove tissue affected by gum disease and kill bacteria on the surface of the gums, helping to prevent its return. With more accurate results, this procedure can often replace surgery, offering patients a more comfortable and accurate result with fewer side effects and a faster recovery time!
Patients who notice any of the above mentioned symptoms should contact Dental Distiction to set up an appointment- don’t let gum disease go untreated!