White Bear Smiles

Gum Disease

Are you one of the estimated 50% of all U.S. adults who has gum disease? You might not think so, but are you sure? Many people have this chronic infection and don’t even realize it.

Gum disease is not just one of the most common chronic conditions affecting adults in the U.S, It’s also the number one cause of missing teeth. Additionally, researchers have recently linked gum disease to other dangerous systemic health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, and stroke. Pregnant women with gum disease are more likely to have complications, including babies born with a low birth weight.

As you can see, we take your periodontal health seriously here at White Bear Smiles, and we want to help you take it seriously, too. Periodontal disease is highly preventable, and we’ll give you the tools and information you need so that, hopefully, you won’t ever have to deal with it. If you already have periodontal disease, we’ll help restore your gum health and stop the disease progression.

Do I Have Periodontal Disease?

It’s possible. Have you noticed any of the common symptoms? These include:

  • Chronic bad breath
  • Redness in the gum tissue
  • Puffy gums
  • Tender gums
  • Bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth

These are often the first signs that patients notice. As periodontal disease advances, you may notice more severe signs, such as:

  • Receding gums, which make your teeth look longer
  • Sensitivity in your teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Pus at the gumline

Without treatment, you will start losing teeth.

Diagnosing and Treating Periodontal Disease

Don’t wait until you have symptoms to have your gum health checked out. While symptoms are common, it’s possible to develop gum disease and not have any symptoms at all..While periodontal disease is often referred to simply as “gum disease,” it affects much more than just the soft pink tissue that we think of as our gums. It also damages and destroys the bone beneath your gums along with the connective tissues that help to hold your teeth in place.

Routine cleanings help to prevent periodontal disease, and regular examinations help catch it early, when it’s most treatable. Our skilled hygienists know how to recognize gum disease, and they will alert us right away if you are showing any signs. Regular x-rays also allow us to spot any developing damage to your bone structure.

In its early stages, we can often reverse periodontal disease by advising you on simple changes you can make to your home hygiene routine. Depending on your needs, we may also recommend antimicrobial products to help kill the bacteria that cause the infection.

If your periodontal disease is more advanced, we may recommend a deep cleaning treatment to remove bacteria from beneath the gum line and smooth out the rough surfaces they like to cling to. We also have great relationships with periodontal specialists in the area, so if you have periodontal disease that requires more intensive therapies, we can provide you with a referral.

Call to Schedule Your Next Cleaning

Professional cleanings are incredibly valuable when it comes to prevention and early detection. Our hygienists provide comprehensive and gentle cleanings. If it’s time for your cleaning – or even if it’s been a while – call our White Bear Lake dental office today. We’ll find an appointment time that works for you.