Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is fairly common. “One out of every two American adults age 30 and over has periodontal disease, according to recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)” as quoted from the American Academy of Periodontology. In order to find out if you have periodontal disease, you must be checked thoroughly by a dentist who has experience in this aspect of dentistry. Fortunately gum disease is as easy to prevent as cavities, because we know that too much bacteria leads to both. Bacteria can often be kept at a manageable rate through preventative dental care, good oral hygiene, and regular hygiene appointments with the dental team.

Brushing and flossing twice a day will help keep your teeth and gums healthy, however some people are just prone to colonization of the bacteria that causes gum disease. If you see signs of gum disease, such as bleeding, swelling, redness, gum recession, pain while brush or flossing or sensitive teeth, let us know right away.

Why do we need to begin periodontitis treatment right away? Periodontitis creates pockets between your teeth and gums that get infected, which triggers your body’s immune system. The result will be the destruction of the tissue and bone that supports the teeth. Over time this leads to loose teeth, which can fall out.

The best way to keep your gums in shape is to use good oral hygiene everyday and visit us regularly! Dr Kokel and her team look forward to working with you to create the smile you’ve always wanted.

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