It may seem like gum disease is a serious issue – and it is – but it is also preventable and treatable. In fact, 50% of Americans will have some degree of gum disease at some point in their lives. While it may not make you feel better about you developing the issue, but it should be a relief to know it doesn’t have to be a permanent condition.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a single reason one will come to develop periodontal, or gum disease. It can be caused by many factors including poor oral health, tooth decay, and bacteria and plaque formation. The most common symptoms of periodontal disease consist of:
- Gums that frequently bleed
- Red or swollen gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Receding gums
Not only is periodontal disease treatable, but if caught early enough, you may not have to deal with further issues, like tooth loss. How is it treated? Here are the three main aspects to treating periodontal disease:
Prompt treatment. Because gum disease can progress into worse, noticing any of the above symptoms are encouraged to see a dental professional to evaluate your periodontal health and determine what treatment option is ideal for your specific condition. Depending on the severity of your condition, a variety of procedures are used to treat periodontal disease.
Proper dental hygiene. Consistent oral health care is essential in treating and preventing periodontal disease. This includes thoroughly brushing teeth after every meal, flossing after every meal, and using mouth rinse to kill of bacteria and remove plaque.
Regular dental visits. Routine visits to your dentist will ensure that your periodontal health is maintained to avoid any dental problems.
If you have questions or concerns regarding gum disease, contact Dr. Anthony Yamada, DDS at 310-546-2595 to schedule a consultation today or visit www.anthonyyamadadds.com.
Dr. Anthony Yamada proudly serves Manhattan Beach and all surrounding areas.