Gum disease is sometimes overlooked. If you ask people, many of them have no idea what it even is. The only thing they know is that it is bad and it has something to do with the gums. If they only knew the truth about gum disease, they might take a little bit more time to figure out exactly what it is. Let Panama City Smiles help you understand the surprising facts.
Gum Disease Fast Facts
- If gum disease were a disease that killed people, the CDC would have half of the country on quarantine. That’s right, more than 50 percent of the population has some form of gum disease. If you start looking at the elderly population, that number jumps to more than 70 percent. That is an amazing number of people suffering from a disease that can cause them to lose their teeth at some point in time.
- Gum disease is the number one reason behind adult tooth loss in this nation. It steals more teeth from more smiles than anything else, even tooth decay.
- Gum disease starts out as a mild infection called gingivitis. All gum disease starts as gingivitis, but not all gingivitis progresses to gum disease. If you notice the symptoms early, you can treat gum disease and not suffer tooth loss.
Gum Disease Will Steal Your Smile
Stage 1 – The beginning stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. This is where you experience mild symptoms that could be mistaken for other things, or nothing at all. The symptoms you may experience in this stage of the disease include bleeding gums after brushing, red and inflamed gums, or persistent bad breath. Some people would never think that their bad breath is caused by a problem in their gum tissue. Even more people believe that gums bleeding after brushing is just part of the deal. Let us be crystal clear when we say that there is absolutely no normal reason your gums should bleed after brushing your teeth. If they do, then you either are doing something very wrong when you brush, or you likely have the beginning form of gum disease (gingivitis).
Stage 2 – After you progress from the gingivitis stage, you will move into the periodontitis stage. Periodontitis is the scientific name for gum disease. This is where some real damage is being done to your smile. You may notice your gums receding. This is a big deal, as your gum tissue provides stability and support for your teeth. If it goes away, your teeth don’t have the support they need to stay securely in place. You may also notice deep pockets forming between your teeth and gums. This is a major warning sign, and you need to get in to see Dr. Patel at his Panama City, FL office as quickly as you can. Time is running out on your smile.
Stage 3 – The final stage of gum disease is where it is time to pay the price for not addressing the signs earlier. In this stage, your gum tissue is heavily damaged. You will even have bone damage as well. Your gums have receded to levels that leave your teeth in danger. You may be able to wiggle them around in your smile (in case it wasn’t clear, this is never something you should be able to do). If your teeth are loose and wiggling, they are close to falling out. Once that happens, you need to get your gum disease corrected before we can replace your missing teeth.
What Can You Do To Save Your Smile?
Panama City Smiles has two options when it comes to treating gum disease.
Scaling and Root Planing – Dr. Patel and his team will give your teeth a thorough, deep cleaning. This will clear the disease-causing bacteria from your smile. We will get all along the gumline and even under the gumline to make sure your smile has the best chance possible to recover. We will also smooth any rough spots on your tooth roots. This will do two things: it will get rid of some of the bacteria’s favorite places to hang out, and it will prepare the area to accept new gum growth.
Antibiotics – Gum disease is a bacterial infection, so it is only logical that an antibacterial agent would be used to help get it under control. This is used in conjunction with scaling and root planing to get your gums back to a healthy and happy condition.