How do you cure a disease when its symptoms are unnoticeable? Gum disease is often referred to as a silent disease because patients may remain unaware or brush off the warning signs. A common symptom that patients often neglect to pay attention to is bleeding gums. If your teeth bleed when you brush or floss, you may have a form of gum disease. Dr. Gary Nack in Holland, PA can help you manage these symptoms and stop the progression of periodontal disease.
There are two forms of this condition, gingivitis and periodontitis. At your appointment, Dr. Nack will assess the state of your gums. If he notices warning signs, he will discuss treatment and recommend a new oral hygiene routine.
The American Dental Association states that approximately 90 percent of American adults suffer from gum disease. It has been discovered that periodontitis is responsible for 70 percent of tooth loss in adults. Despite these startling statistics, this disease remains overlooked by so many patients.
Gum Disease Symptoms
Although many patients fail to report their symptoms to Dr. Nack, there are clear warning signs to look out for. If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, you might have gingivitis or periodontitis. In the presence of gum disease, gums often sporadically appear red, swollen, and are tender to the touch. You could also experience tooth loss, gum recession, untreatable bad breath, and tooth or gum sensitivity.
At your regularly scheduled dental visit, Dr. Nack and our friendly hygienists will examine your gums for signs of periodontal disease. Gingivitis can be successfully treated when it’s discovered early enough. Dr. Nack will recommend the best treatment, as well as suggest new hygiene products that will clean your teeth better.
Patients who smoke are at a higher risk of developing gum disease. Other risk factors include:
- Poor oral health
- Poor immune system
- Hormonal changes, such as pregnancy and menopause
It’s important to see Dr. Nack’s help if you have gum disease. When left untreated, the bacteria in your gums can enter your blood stream, leading to overall health conditions. For example, cardiovascular disease and diabetes have been linked with periodontal disease.
Patients who fail to manage their flare-ups are at a higher risk of having a stroke. Pregnant women with this disease are at risk for premature birth and low birth weight. To prevent these unwanted health conditions, seek Dr. Nack’s experience to deter your disease from worsening.
Dr. Nack explains that the best way to prevent the development of periodontal disease is years of good oral hygiene. This includes attending dental checkups and cleanings every six months, as well as brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. Rinsing your mouth with pure water each time you eat or drink can also help control bacteria and deter the disease. However, that takes a lot of dedication and most patients don’t commit to this routine.
Gum disease usually presents in adults who are in their 30’s and 40’s, however gingivitis warning signs can appear in children. We can’t stress enough the importance of routine dental visits with Dr. Nack, in order to maintain a healthy smile.