What Is Gum Disease and Could I Have It?

What Is Gum Disease and Do I Have It?Gingivitis, periodontitis and gum disease – chances are you have heard these terms, before, but you may not have realized that they are all describing the same condition, simply at varying degrees. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, a condition that affects millions of Americans each year. It often results in red, tender, and swollen gums. The gums might bleed easily, as well, particularly during brushing or flossing. Fortunately, gum disease is preventable, namely through proper preventive dentistry. Unfortunately, many patients fail to get the care their smiles need, in order to adequately prevent gum disease, as well as other common oral health threats. If you do have gum disease, it is important to seek treatment quickly, in order to prevent the condition from worsening.

Do You Know the Warning Signs of Gum Problems?

Many people don’t realize that healthy gums should be light pink in color. If the gums appear purple or red, this could be due to gingivitis. If the gums appear to have receded from the teeth, this is another early warning sign of gum disease.

In its most advanced form, gingivitis is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Fortunately, if gum disease is identified early on, minimally invasive treatment can usually prove effective at restoring the gums’ health, and preventing tooth loss.

Enjoy Restored Oral Health with Proper Care

In some cases, particularly if gingivitis is caught quickly, a deep cleaning may be sufficient to improve the oral health. However, in most cases, more extensive treatment is required. Periodontal therapy, which involves a more deep cleaning, such as scaling and root planning, can help to remove more bacteria, particularly along and below the gumline, allowing for reduced inflammation and improved comfort. This can also help improve the gums’ hold on the teeth.

Call Our Dental Office in Norridge, IL, Today!

At our office, we believe that every patient deserves our complete and undivided attention every time they visit us. To us, customized dental care is about more than the treatment you receive, it also includes the time we take to get to know you personally. Your smile is unique, as are your dental health concerns, and we’ll strive to create a long-term dental care plan that’s tailored to your needs and goals. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Elizabeth Mischenko, call our dental office in Norridge, IL, today at 708-453-5320. We have flexible office hours, including evenings, and we always have someone available to answer the phone!

A healthy smile can mean improved overall health as well. We understand how your oral health connects to the rest of you, and strive to offer a variety of dental treatments. Working with our team, Dr. Mischenko can help you enjoy a more beautiful and healthy smile. Whether you need preventive, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry, we can offer a conservative and personalized approach to dental care.