Gum Disease in America
It is estimated that 75% of American adults have some form of gum disease, one of the leading causes of tooth loss today.
Most patients do not realize they have gum disease until it has begun to cause additional dental problems such as bleeding gums, gum recession or loose teeth. The gums serve as a foundation for the teeth and keeping them healthy is important for long term oral health and maintaining the integrity of the teeth.
Rochester, MI dentist Dr. Matthew Wolfe offers treatment options for gum disease and emphasizes the importance of preventive dental care to enable he and his staff to spot problems like gum disease in the early stages when conservative treatment can be effective. During preventive care at Signature Dentistry of Rochester, Dr. Wolfe and his staff screen for early stage periodontal disease, known as gingivitis, and often recommend additional at home care to maintain gum health between visits.
For patients who have more advanced gum disease, Dr. Wolfe may suggest a scaling and root planing procedure which will remove plaque build up in the deeper pockets of the gums and around the tooth roots. This treatment is often effective in halting the progression of gum disease and with proper at home care will restore oral health.
Signs of Gum Disease
Recognizing the signs of gum disease is also an important step in maintaining lifelong oral health:
- Bleeding gums
- Sore gums
- Receding gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Loose or shifting teeth
If you notice any of the above signs or symptoms of gum disease, come in for a visit with Dr. Wolfe to address the problem and reduce the risk of further damage.
Your dental health plays a role in your daily quality of life- patients with poor dental health raise the risk or severity of overall health issues such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and endocarditis. Keeping your smile healthy enables you to enjoy a varied diet and speak normally, two important factors in maintaining quality of life as we age.