According to the American Academy of Periodontology, gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults over age 35. Gum disease ranges from gingivitis to the various forms and stages of periodontitis, and the prevalence of gum disease increases with age because teeth wear down and become more sensitive as time passes, gums naturally recede, and medications can affect oral health.
Warning Signs of Gum Disease
Gum Disease If your gums feel tender or sore, or if they look red and swollen, you may have gum disease. Other warning signs include bleeding and/or receding gums, pain or sensitivity in your teeth (and even loose teeth caused by weakening gum fibers or bone loss), and persistent bad breath. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss as well as various serious health problems.
Treatment for Gum Disease
If you have any degree of gum disease, we want to help. Gum disease used to require surgery more often than not. While gum surgery is still an option and sometimes needed, many cases are now treated with less invasive techniques first, including deep dental cleanings, local antibiotics, and special mouth rinses.