Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults and can be largely prevented with routine dental care. Dr. Siddhi Patel places an emphasis on the importance of gum health and periodontal screenings are performed during your routine dental visits twice a year. Catching and treating gum disease in the early stage can prevent permanent tissue damage and enable conservative treatment to be effective.
Periodontal disease is often called a “silent disease” because patients often do not know they have it until we do a dental exam or they begin to experience the symptoms of advanced infection such as loose teeth, gums that bleed and changes in the fit of the bite or a denture. Dr. Patel offers periodontal therapy for the stages and symptoms of gum disease in our Hilliard dentist office. Treatment for gum disease is tailored to the unique needs of each patient after a thorough evaluation and diagnosis.
Stages of Gum Disease: understanding the signs
Gum disease is an infection caused by bacteria in the mouth. It is progressive and begins with mild symptoms that often go unnoticed. Recognizing these subtle changes and understanding the stages of gum disease can help you manage your own oral health and avoid complex problems.
- Gingivitis: this is the first stage of gum disease and is characterized by gums that become red, swollen or may bleed when brushing teeth. Gingivitis is often easily treated and resolved when caught early on. This is a key reason for visiting with us twice a year and can help to avoid the progression of gum disease.
- Periodontitis: advanced gum disease, periodontitis is characterized by more noticeable changes in your mouth such as teeth that feel loose or appear to be pulling away from the gums. Periodontitis can threaten many aspects of your oral health as it slowly deteriorates the supporting tissue for your teeth.
Treating Gum Disease in Hilliard
Dr. Patel will assess your needs before recommending periodontal treatments, choosing the most suitable options for addressing oral health and your risk factors.
Risk factors for gum disease can include:
- Genetic predisposition to chronic gum disease
- Medical conditions that affect gum health
- Prescribed medications that can cause dry mouth
- Lifestyle habits such as smoling or tobacco use
Discussing your concerns, medical history and lifestyle habits can help our dental team provide the most personalized care and advice. Our goal is to resolve your symptoms and improve the health of your gums with at home oral hygiene as needed to stabilize your dental health. For some patients with chronic gum disease more frequent dental cleanings may be necessary to manage symptoms.