Do you have gum disease? Ranging from curable gingivitis to advanced periodontitis which leads to tooth and bone loss, gum disease concerns your dentists in Bedford, MA. Dr. Leo Kharin, Dr. Jessica Ristuccia and Dr. Nicholas Papapetros offer gum disease prevention, detection and treatment at Great Meadows Dental Group. Gum health is key to your oral and systemic health.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection of the gum tissue caused by an overgrowth of oral bacteria contained in soft plaque and hard calculus, or tartar. Disciplined tooth brushing, flossing and healthy eating keep periodontitis, and its milder cousin, gingivitis, at bay, as do six-month cleanings and check-ups with your dentist in Bedford, MA.
However, poor oral hygiene, along with hereditary factors, smoking and some prescription medications, make more people prone to this destructive oral health problem. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that half of American adults have some degree of periodontal disease. That number increases to 70 percent in the elderly.
Do you have gum disease?
Some people have few to no symptoms when gum disease is in its earliest stages. However, unchecked, periodontitis produces:
- Bleeding, swollen, tender gums
- Tooth mobility (and eventual loss)
- Bad breath
- A changing dental bite
- Mouth sores
- Pus along the gum line and between the teeth
- Receding gum tissue
- Exposed tooth roots
- Deep gum pockets
Dr. Kharin, Dr. Ristuccia and Dr. Papapetros measure the spaces between your teeth and gums (gum pockets) with a small probe. This painless check shows the dentist if your periodontal condition is changing. Pockets greater than three millimeters in depth indicate gum disease.
Treating this malady
It's important to treat this malady so that you can keep your teeth. Gum disease impacts overall health in the way of diabetes, memory issues, stroke, heart attack and more.
Most gum diseases are treatable with a deep in-office cleaning (tooth scaling and root planing) and follow-up care every six months, or as your dentist advises. However, some patients require more advanced treatments such as gum tissue grafting.
Dr. Papapetros, Dr. Kharin and Dr. Ristuccia agree that preventing periodontal disease is the most effective treatment. So, be sure to follow the at-home care and in-office regimen your dentist advises.
Find out more
At Great Meadows Dental Group in Bedford, MA, our professional team cares for all aspects of your oral health, including your gum wellness. Please Call (781) 275-7707 to arrange your routine hygienic cleaning and check-up with Dr. Papapetros, Dr. Kharin and Dr. Ristuccia! It's one of the best tools you have for a vibrant, long-lasting smile.