According to MedlinePlus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, about 80 percent of U.S. adults currently have some form of gum disease, ranging from gingivitis to serious periodontal disease. The prevalence of gum disease increases with age, because as we age, our teeth wear down, our gums naturally recede, teeth can become more sensitive, and medications can affect some oral changes. If your gums feel tender or sore, or if they look red and swollen, you may be at risk for gum disease. Other signs include bleeding and/or receding gums, pain or sensitivity in your teeth (and even loose teeth, caused by weakening gum fibers or bone loss), and persistent bad breath. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss as well as various other health problems. More and more life-threatening illnesses are being linked to the presence of dental diseases, so please call us today so we can help protect your health.
Treatment for Gum Disease
The first thing to do is get a thorough dental evaluation with Dr. Fung. If you have any degree of periodontal disease, she can help you. Gum disease used to require surgery more often than not. While surgery is still an option and sometimes needed, many cases are now treated with less invasive techniques first, such as deep dental cleanings, local antibiotics, and special mouth rinses. A healthy body needs a healthy mouth, and a healthy mouth needs healthy gums!
Waterpik – Because brushing your teeth is not enough!
Just brushing leaves plaque and food debris behind, which can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath. The Waterpik® Water Flosser is the easy and most effective way to floss. It removes the debris that brushing leaves behind, and it is clinically proven to improve oral health. You may learn more about why you should choose Waterpik here.
Find Out If Periodontal Treatment Is The Solution For You!
Call 651-636-2143 to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Fung and see what cosmetic dentistry services are available to help you achieve the smile of your dreams.