Gum disease (periodontal disease) is a serious disease that exists to some degree in most American adults. It is by far the leading cause of adult tooth loss and it is totally independent of the health of the teeth. In other words, there are many people who have very healthy teeth but very un-healthy gums. Without a professional examination, the disease often goes undetected in many people because its signs and symptoms are very subtle until the latter stages. More definitive symptoms, such as pain, loose teeth, swelling, and bleeding, may signal that it is too late for successful treatment. So, don’t wait, give us a call for a custom periodontal treatment plan to reclaim optimal oral health!
Periodontal disease has also been linked to increased risk for strokes and heart attacks. Additional studies have shown that pregnant women with periodontal disease are much more likely to deliver low-birth-weight or premature babies. Patients who have diabetes can even experience complications because of diseased gums.
If you have not seen a dentist in a while, or if you experience red, tender, or swollen gums, call to schedule a comprehensive examination including a periodontal assessment in Athens, Georgia dental office.