When Dr. Geiger, Dr. Jones, or Dr. Miller examine an adult patient’s mouth for the first time, they often find evidence of gum (periodontal) disease. It’s a common condition that unknowingly affects up to 75% of Americans over age 35. Left untreated, this bacterial infection can significantly damage oral and overall health.
In recent years, studies have shown strong links between gum disease and other maladies. Experts believe that periodontal disease is a potent risk factor in conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, low birth-weight babies, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, and dementia.
Here are some signs and symptoms that you or a loved one may have periodontal disease:
- Gums that bleed when you brush or eat hard foods
- Unexplained space between teeth
- Swollen, tender, or receding gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus between your teeth and gums
Fortunately, periodontal disease can be treated and prevented. In addition to thorough cleanings by our caring and gentle dental hygienists, Southeast Family Dental offers the following services to treat this serious disease:
- Computer charting of gum tissue to monitor periodontal health
- Arestin antibiotic treatment for chronic gum disease