Like its foundation supports your house, your gums are the foundation for your teeth. When they are not healthy, your teeth are also at risk. Periodontal (gum) disease is very prevalent in America, affecting more than half of American adults in some form.
Gum disease is actually the leading cause of tooth loss for adults and has been linked with other health concerns in the body such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and high blood pressure.
There has never been a more important time to take care of your oral health. For this reason, Dr. Pradeep Sukumar has partnered with Dr. Robert Conti, who is a periodontal specialist. This allows us to give our patients at Middletown Dental the highest quality periodontal care possible.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Gum disease is defined as an infection of your gums and jawbone, which are the supports for your teeth. The infection is caused by excess plaque and bacteria buildup that reaches below the gum line.
Periodontal disease is tricky to detect on your own because it typically progresses slowly and causes very little pain or symptoms at first. However, if this disease is left untreated, it will destroy your soft tissue and bone, eliminating support for your teeth.
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. Some signs of gingivitis to be aware of include:
- Gums that appear irritated, red, and swollen
- Chronic bad breath that you can’t get rid of
- Gums that bleed when you brush your teeth
If you notice these symptoms, give Middletown Dental a call right away and schedule a cleaning and checkup. Gingivitis can often be successfully managed with a thorough cleaning and improvements to your home care routine. Regular visits with your dentist are your first line of defense against gingivitis.
Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease. If you suffer from periodontitis, you may notice that your gums are starting to recede and your teeth may start to feel mobile. Dr. Conti can help our patients suffering from periodontitis with:
- A deep cleaning, known as scaling and root planing, that reaches below the gum line and removes plaque and tartar buildup
- Antibiotic therapy to help fight the infection
- Surgery for severe cases of periodontitis
Contact Middletown Dental
It is our goal to help you avoid issues such as gum disease with six-month dental checkups. However, if you should find yourself dealing with periodontal issues, no matter what stage of gum disease you may be facing, our team at Middletown Dental is well equipped to help you.
Your periodontal health is too important to ignore! Give us a call today to schedule your next appointment.