Periodontics, better known as the treatment of gum disease, is one of the most important facets of dentistry. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, affecting 75% of the population. Daily brushing and flossing combined with regular visits to the dentist, are the key to healthy gums.

gum disease treatment marrero laPrevention, through periodontal therapy is the best way to fight gum disease. Our regular patients receive an annual periodontal screening where our dentists check for signs of gum disease.

Causes and Symptoms of Gum Disease

Poor oral hygiene is just one cause for gum disease, other causes may include:

  • Smoking or tobacco use
  • Family history
  • Hormonal changes such as pregnancy
  • Stress
  • Medications
  • Teeth grinding or clenching
  • Poor nutrition (malnourishment or obesity)
  • Disease such as diabetes

Gum disease is known as a silent disease because many patients don’t realize they have it until late stages of the condition. Some of the common warning signs and symptoms include:

  • Red, swollen or sore gums
  • Bleeding when brushing, flossing or eating
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Sores or pus between gums and teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Changes in the bite, including changes in the fit of dentures

Gum Disease and Other Disease

The major concern for gum disease is tooth loss. There are, however, other concerns as gum disease can contribute to serious health concerns such as heart disease, diabetes and pregnancy related problems.

Prevention, through periodontal therapy is the best way to fight gum disease. Our regular patients receive an annual periodontal screening where our dentists check for signs of gum disease.

Our goal is to treat each patient with the most conservative approach by identifying problems in their earliest stages to treat future damage or decay. For patients who have extensive disease, Doctors Burmaster and Hemphill, may work with a periodontist for surgical procedures.

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