Gum disease can have a significant impact on your oral and overall health. Here at Smiles of Orland Park, we are committed to helping you avoid this disease as well as regain your oral health if you do develop it. We welcome you to call us at 708-532-8889 to learn more about gum disease treatments in Orland Park, Illinois, and schedule your consultation with Dr. Robert Q. Marshall or Dr. Armstrong.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an oral condition affecting the gums and supporting structures in your mouth. It is caused by harmful bacteria, which infect and inflame the gums. The early stages of the disease are known as gingivitis, while the more severe stages are known as periodontitis. If left untreated, gum disease can become irreversible and may lead to bone, gum and tooth loss.
Common symptoms of gum disease include:
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Bleeding of the gums, especially while brushing, flossing or eating hard foods
- Gum recession
- Loose or separating teeth
- Pus between the gums and teeth
- Sores in your mouth
- Persistent bad breath
- Changes in your bite or in the fit of removable appliances such as dentures
Gum disease has been linked to a number of serious medical conditions, and it may increase your risk of developing or exacerbating issues such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease or osteoporosis. It also increases the risk of pregnancy complications. Our dentists will check your mouth for signs of gum disease at each of your regular appointments, and if you are diagnosed, we will work with you to create a treatment plan that meets your needs and will help improve your oral health.
Fortunately, gum disease is preventable. The best way to prevent gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene at home. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day. Ideally, you will brush after each meal and before going to bed at night. You should also floss daily. Additionally, we recommend that you make and keep your regular dental appointments for cleanings and exams at least twice each year.
For more information about periodontal disease and to schedule a visit with our dentists, give us a call today!