Gum Disease

Depending on your age you have a 35 to 50 percent chance of having a serious gum infection in your mouth right now and at least an 80 percent chance of having a mild gum infection. These infections are called periodontitis and gingivitis respectively and can lead to serious oral problems such as drifting teeth, loose teeth and eventual tooth loss.The gums can pull back from the teeth {recede} exposing the roots, making the teeth appear longer and unsightly.

Unfortunately the destruction that this reaps in the mouth is only the beginning. Research in the last ten years has discovered that gum disease has far reaching effects far beyond the mouth. It has been connected to numerous systemic diseases such as heart attacks, strokes, lung disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, low birth weight babies and toxemia in pregnant women.

Most of the time gum disease is a silent, unnoticed process unless it is discovered at dental checkups. Here at Dental Bliss, we offer the latest technologies in gum disease diagnosis. We can actually test for specific germs and their toxins which cause gum disease insuring an accurate diagnosis. Through the use of modern technologies such as lasers, treatment can be surprisingly comfortable and extremely effective.

Stages of Gum Disease

Similar to many other diseases, gum disease is unfortunately a progressive condition. Because the gums play a significant role in the mouth and body connection, gum disease increases one’s risk of other systemic diseases – namely diabetes, heart problems, and lung disease.

An earlier stage of gum disease, gingivitis occurs when plaque irritates the gums and causes redness, swelling, and can lead to bleeding. Symptoms are easily missed. At this point, the teeth are still firmly in place.

Severe gum disease, known as periodontitis, often results in receding gums, aching gums when chewing or gum sores, foul breath, and bleeding gums. The bone and gum pull apart, leaving room for debris and loosening the teeth.

Gum Treatment

Gum treatment is necessary to manage infection. Dental cleanings and oral medications are recommended in cases of gingivitis. Without treatment, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. The bone will irreversibly deteriorate, and teeth will fall out if treatment is not sought.

Common Gum Problems

Bleeding Gums
Gum Line Problems
Wisdom Tooth Pain


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