Gum disease is inflammation and infection of the gums or bone surrounding the teeth. Plaque buildup is the leading cause of gum disease although other factors like family history, hormonal changes during pregnancy, specific medications, and some medical conditions may contribute as well.
Gum disease is a common health problem in the United States. More than three-quarters of the adult population over the age of 35 eventually suffer from some type of it, ranging in severity from inflammation and sensitivity, to advanced periodontitis, a serious gum infection that can lead to tooth loss.
If you suffer from tender, red, swollen or bleeding gums, you have some form of periodontal disease. It is also possible to have periodontal disease without any apparent symptoms.
To determine the severity of your gum disease and determine if you have gingivitis or periodontitis, Dr. Kamodia will need to take some measurements of your gums and look at current x-rays of your teeth. Dr. Kamodia can tell you how severe your condition is and help you determine what your next steps should be to treat your gum disease.
Can I prevent gum disease?
Yes! Gum disease is a preventable condition! The best way to avoid gum disease is to come in for professional dental cleanings every 6 months to remove tartar build up, brushing for 2 minutes twice a day and floss daily.
What will happen if I have gum disease but I don’t want to have it treated?
Treating gum disease is very important because as the disease progresses the bone in your jaw which holds your teeth in place starts to disappear. When enough bone resorbs your teeth may begin to get loose and can eventually start falling out.
Factors that increase the risk of developing periodontal disease:
Smokers or tobacco users
Crooked crowded teeth, defective fillings/ caps/ bridges
Medications for blood pressure, cancer treatment, anti-epilepsy drugs, steroids and oral contraceptives