Gum Disease - East Lyme, CT

Sore, Swollen Gums?

You May Have Gum Disease

Do you have red, receding, or tender gums? Are your teeth sensitive? Have you noticed pockets forming between your gums and your teeth? These are all telltale signs of gum disease. Brushing and flossing twice daily in addition to having regular checkups and professional cleanings are critical to maintaining your dental health. But it’s not just your teeth that benefit from those habits. Your gums also stay healthy when you follow recommended dental hygiene routines. By taking these steps, you eliminate harmful bacteria from remaining in your mouth. When allowed to flourish, those bacteria can cause gum disease, or periodontal disease. Though this may begin as minor oral discomfort, gum disease can lead to tooth loss, jawbone recession, and even serious systemic health problems like cardiovascular disease. Don’t let gum disease go untreated. Before your condition deteriorates, seek skilled treatment for gum disease in East Lyme, CT.

Warning Signs of Gum Disease

  • Swollen, tender, or bleeding gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Deep pockets between gums and teeth
  • Heightened tooth sensitivity
  • Loose or shifting teeth
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Stages of Gum Disease

When we catch gum disease at its earliest stage, gingivitis, we can reverse it. However, if your condition reaches an advanced stage, it may become incurable.

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The earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis is caused by plaque and calculus buildup along the gumline. This stage is usually accompanied by swollen gums that may bleed while brushing and flossing. At this point, the disease has not reached the bone underneath the gums, and as a result, is reversible.

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At this second stage your gums may be receding, and deep “pockets” have formed between your teeth and gums. These pockets are hollow areas that harbor tartar, plaque, and disease-causing bacteria. Open and susceptible to infection, bacteria has reached and permanently damaged your jawbone. If you believe you’re at this stage, seek gum disease treatment immediately to prevent further damage and tooth loss.

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Advanced Periodontitis

During the final stage of gum disease, the infection has progressed and damaged the connective tissues and jawbone that support your teeth. As a result, your teeth can loosen, shift, and fall out. This may result in changes to your bite and malocclusion. We highly recommend immediate treatment and may advise receiving osseous surgery to manage the disease.

Risk Factors for Gum Disease

  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Tobacco use
  • Existing systemic health problems
  • Genetic predisposition

Dr. Daren discusses The Oral Systemic Link Between Your Oral Health and Overall Health! What You Should Know

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Gum Disease and Whole Body Health

Unfortunately, the destructive effects of gum disease don’t stop with the mouth. Studies have shown that gum disease has been positively linked to systemic health issues including heart disease, stroke, cancer, respiratory disease, diabetes, and pregnancy complications. This is because the same bacteria that trigger gum disease can travel through your body and reach your major organs. With all the dangers gum disease presents, it’s easy to see why you should do your best to prevent it and get help at the first sign of symptoms!

Don’t Let Gum Disease Destroy Your Smile or Your Health!

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