Did you know that the most common cause of tooth loss in adults is gum disease? According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every two adults over the age of 30 in the United States has periodontal disease. However, the good news is that periodontal disease is almost entirely preventable. At the office of Russell Hatfield, DDS, MS, Ltd, we specialize in the prevention and treatment of gum disease. By partnering with our office for care, you can maintain your gums in tip-top condition and continue to enjoy the benefits of a healthy smile.
Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is a set of inflammatory diseases that affect the "periodontium", which are the hard and soft tissues that surround and support your teeth. Just like tooth decay, gum disease can be attributed to the presence of harmful bacteria dental plaque and tartar that are left to accumulate around the teeth and under the gums.
If you notice that your gums are inflamed, red, and bleed when you brush and floss, you probably have gingivitis, meaning you're in the initial stage of gum disease. With gingivitis, none of the tissues supporting the teeth have been lost. At this point, the condition can be successfully reversed with professional dental cleanings, coupled with an improved oral hygiene regime at home. However, if left untreated, gingivitis can lead to more advanced stages of periodontal disease. Tissue damage progresses from gingival pocket formation, gum recession and diminishing alveolar bone to the eventual loosening and loss of teeth.
Remember, taking care of your smile does more than keep your teeth and gums in optimal condition; good oral health also supports systemic health.
Based upon a complete assessment of your periodontal health and a review of possible contributing factors, our office will recommend the most advanced and effective solutions to restore and maintain the hard and soft tissues supporting your teeth.
At the office of Russell Hatfield, DDS, MS, Ltd, we're dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.
By Russell D. Hatfield, DDS, MS, LTD
August 20, 2019
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