According to the CDC, periodontal disease affects an estimated 47.2 percent of Americans. That’s a staggering number. Nearly half of our adult population is suffering from mild to severe gum disease. As the population ages, the rate increases to about 70 percent. This is extremely alarming because periodontal disease is entirely preventable with daily oral health routines. It can be halted once detected through many routine procedures performed by periodontists.
What should I be looking out for to prevent periodontal disease?
The signs and symptoms of periodontal disease are easy to spot, they include:
- Bright red or purple-appearing gums
- Swollen gums
- Tender gums
- Gum recession
- Puss in between your teeth and gums
- New spaces opening between your teeth at the gum line
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Moving and shifting teeth
If you notice your gums are no longer firm and pale pink in color, and instead are puffy, painful, and bleed very easily, you might want to ask your dentist if you are at risk for periodontal disease. With early detection, you can rid your gums of the disease without having to resort to surgical cleanings or tooth loss.
Work With an Expert to Prevent Periodontal Disease
If you’re looking for a caring, experienced and knowledgeable periodontist, Give Vero VIP Dental a call today. Dr. Brown is well versed on new technology that can result in predictable and pleasant treatment options for you, no matter how advanced your case may be.