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Periodontal Treatment (gum
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Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is one of the most common oral health issues for adults and children in America. Untreated periodontal disease can lead to serious health consequences beyond your mouth, and gum disease has been linked to multiple other chronic health conditions. It is caused by the buildup of plaque on your teeth and gums, a sticky substance that harbors bacteria around the gumline. Left untreated, it can cause serious inflammation, destroy the bones supporting your teeth and even lead to tooth loss. It’s critical that you visit your dentist regularly to get professional cleanings and checkups to prevent gum disease.

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Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

When your gums are healthy, they are pink and hug the bottoms of your teeth tightly. If you are suffering from infection or inflammation related to periodontal disease, you may notice:

  • Swollen or puffy gums
  • Gums that are bright red or purple
  • Pain or tenderness when you touch your gums (or while brushing your teeth)
  • Bleeding gums when you brush or floss (or a pinkish tint when you spit out your toothpaste)
  • Frequent or persistent bad breath (halitosis)
  • Loose teeth or teeth that are falling out
  • Pain when eating or chewing
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Receding gums (making teeth look longer)
  • Pus around the bottom of your teeth

If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s important to see a dentist right away. Waiting to get treatment will usually lead to more severe gum disease, limiting your options for treatment and making it more expensive.

Links Between Gum Health and Overall Health

In recent years, research has revealed that frequent or ongoing periodontal disease (gum disease) is linked to other chronic health conditions. Researchers believe that bacteria leads to inflammation, which can put you at higher risk of developing certain chronic health conditions. Or if you already have these conditions, it could make them worse. The diseases most commonly linked to periodontal disease are:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Respiratory disease, such as pneumonia
  • Kidney, pancreatic and blood cancers

If you have these conditions or are at higher risk for developing them, be sure to schedule appointments with your dentist every six months, along with your other health care providers, as part of your preventive care and treatment.

Visit a Dentist Today

While periodontal disease can be harmful, it is preventable with proper oral care at home and regular visits to your dentist. Come to Young Family Dental for preventive cleanings and checkups every six months, and contact us right away if you notice any of the signs of gum disease. Our dentists provide comprehensive treatment at all five of our convenient Utah locations: Riverton, West Jordan, American Fork, Orem and Saratoga Springs. Schedule an appointment today to get help and treatment for periodontal disease.

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