According to recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), half of Americans aged 30 or older have an advanced form of gum disease known as periodontitis. Bleeding gums is usually the first sign of gum disease. Routine visits to the dentist can help you prevent and manage gum disease in any stage. Dr. Goris offers comprehensive periodontal care and screens patients for gum disease on every visit to his Greenwood dentist office.
“It’s not enough anymore to just keep an eye on suspicious spots in the gums. Instead, aggressively controlling periodontal disease will become a top priority for preserving and improving our patients’ overall health and their enjoyment of life. To be exact, our patients will not be totally healthy unless they are periodontally healthy.”
Adult-Onset Diabetes and Periodontal Disease
Elevated bacterial and viral invaders, such as periodontitis, can result in an increase in a person’s resistance to insulin, which aggravates blood sugar control. If you have diabetes, further infection worsens insulin resistance and significantly diminishes the diabetic’s ability to keep their blood sugar regulated.
- People with periodontal disease are 2 times more likely to have insulin resistance.
- Type II diabetics have a 7 times greater mortality rate when they have severe periodontal disease.
Gum disease and cardiovascular disease
Recent dental research has shown that men and women with periodontal disease are more likely to suffer from coronary artery disease than those who don’t. Researchers believe that bacteria originating from persistent oral infections can spread through the bloodstream and ramp up disease in the heart and other parts of the body.
About Gum Disease
Many patients who visit our Greenwood, IN dentist office fall within a spectrum of periodontal disease, ranging from an inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) to a chronic disease of the gums and bone (periodontitis).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that half of Americans aged 30 or older have periodontitis, the more advanced form of gum disease. It is common to experience little or no symptoms or obvious signs of gum disease. For this reason, regular visits to the dentist are critical to preventing and managing gum disease.
Common signs of gum disease include:
- Red, swollen or sore gums
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Mouth sores or pus between gums and teeth
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Changes in the fit of dentures
Greenwood, IN dentist Dr. David Goris offers several treatment options for periodontal disease. If you have early signs of gum disease, Dr. Goris may recommend frequent dental cleanings to restore your gums to optimal health.
If more intensive treatment is needed, Dr. Goris may recommend a deep teeth cleaning known as scaling and root planning. During this procedure, the dentist will remove plaque and tartar from the deep pockets of the gum.
Patients who have advanced signs of gum disease may require more intense treatment or surgery. Dr. Goris may refer you to a local periodontist for treatment.
Gum Disease FAQs
What Causes Gum Disease?
Plaque is constantly forming in the mouth. If it is not removed daily by brushing and flossing, it can harden into tartar. Bacteria thrives in this environment and over time, it can develop into gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease.
Gingivitis can progress into an infection, destroy gum tissue and eventually degrade bone to the point that teeth can become loose or missing.
What can be done to prevent gum disease
The best way to fight gum disease is prevention. Dr. Goris encourages patients to brush twice a day and floss at least once a day. Regular visits to our Greenwood dentist office will also help reduce your risk for developing gum disease.
Another important step to preventing gum disease is having a healthy diet. This means limiting sodas, sweets and snacks between meals. Drinking water will also help reduce bacteria in the mouth.