What You Need to Know About Gum Disease
Did you know that as much as 50 percent of the US population has periodontal (gum) disease, which affects the bone and tissues that hold in your teeth? That number jumps to 70 percent for those 65 or older.
Signs and Symptoms
In many cases gum disease is painless. If you have bad breath, loose or shifting teeth, swollen or puffy gums, red or purplish gums, bleeding when brushing or flossing, you could have gum disease.
Other than the obvious consequence of premature tooth loss, several research studies have suggested that periodontal disease is associated with a variety of other conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, premature and low birth weight babies, rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.
Causes of Gum Disease
Some factors which may lead to periodontal disease are:
• Poor oral hygiene
• Tobacco use
• Genetic Predisposition
• Chronic Stress
• Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
• Pregnancy and Menopause
The best way to treat gum disease is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. Good oral hygiene and regular dental visits will go a long way toward achieving good oral and overall health.
Once periodontal disease has been diagnosed action must be taken to control it. The specific treatment is related to the severity of the disease. Early or mild disease can often be treated with “deep cleaning” or Root Planing, usually with anesthetic. More advanced cases may require surgery.
A gentler and more effective surgery method is known as LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure). With LANAP there is no cutting or stitches required. LANAP is a proven technique with the FDA approving the use of the word “regeneration” when talking about the healing of bone and gum tissues.
If you have any of the symptoms or signs listed above, seek advice from a dentist. If you have been told you need gum surgery, you owe it to yourself to investigate LANAP.