Do you have gums that bleed, are sensitive, or appear to be receding?
Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults and can be largely prevented with routine dental care. Dr. Kaplan and our dental care team screen for the signs of gum disease when you come in for a dental exam and teeth cleaning. If you visit with us every 6 months as recommended by the ADA, we can often spot the early signs of gum disease and conservative treatment can be effective.
Why Healthy Gums Are Important
The health and stability of your gums affect the health and stability of your teeth! If you develop gum disease and it goes untreated, over time the gums tissue becomes compromised and begins to separate from tooth roots. This destabilizes the teeth and allows decay and shifting to occur. Advanced gum disease or periodontitis is diagnosed when damage has begun to occur and deep pockets are developing around the tooth roots as the infection spreads.
Gum disease, especially periodontitis has been linked to an increased risk for other health problems including inflammatory-related conditions and cardiovascular disease. The deep pockets around tooth roots are allowing bacteria to enter the bloodstream. This affects your immune system and your physical health over time. There is a wide range of conditions and health concerns that are linked to gum disease. If you have gum disease and are also diabetic it can be more difficult to manage your health condition.
Routine dental care and screenings for gum disease are important for oral and overall health and wellness. Keeping your gums healthy will help you to avoid other common dental problems and supports your immune system. If you have concerns about the condition of your gums or have been away from the dentist and would like to restore optimal oral health, our Cincinnati dental care team is equipped to meet your needs in a caring environment. Common signs of developing or existing gum disease can include:
- Bleeding gums
- Gums that appear red or swollen
- Increased sensitivity to hot or cold
- Receding gums
- Shifting teeth
A progressive disease, gum disease is often not recognized by patients until it has begun to reach the advanced stages. This is why regular visits with Dr. Kaplan can help you to avoid gum disease and potential damage to the teeth and gums.