According to the American Academy of Periodontology, periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an inflammatory and chronic disease. Nearly fifty percent of adults in the United States have some form of gum disease ranging from mild gingivitis to severe periodontitis. After the age of sixty-five, the percentage jumps to 71 percent. If it is not treated, gum disease can result in tooth loss. For this reason, it's important to keep an eye out for the condition--and for the risk factors that can contribute to its development. These include:
Knowing the risks for gum disease will help you keep your mouth and gums healthy. Schedule an appointment with your Indianapolis periodontist today if you have any of these problems.Request an Appointment
While not all of these factors are under your control, there are still many things you can do to limit your risk of developing periodontal disease, including:
The most basic way to reduce your likelihood of getting gum disease is by simply visiting our office every six months. These visits let us check that your teeth are being properly cleaned, that plaque is removed, and that no early signs of gum disease have emerged yet. If we do find something, we can advise you in how to counter it.
If you are currently experiencing gum disease symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Edwards so you can reverse the condition before it becomes more severe. The symptoms of gum disease are:
Regular dental office visits can only do so much. You also need to care for your teeth daily. A daily at-home dental routine should include brushing, flossing, and eating right.
There are both non-surgical and surgical treatments available in our Fishers and Indianapolis offices to treat advanced gum disease and the damage it leaves behind. The treatment or combination that is best for you will depend on your individual case. Talk to Dr. Edwards about your options, which may include:
If you're suffering from gum disease, make an appointment with Implant Dentistry and Periodontics today. The sooner you get treatment, the better off your mouth will be!