Gum disease may be one of the most insidious threats to our oral health. Why? Because it is often painless, so many people may not even realize they have it. Yet gum disease affects nearly half the population over the age of 30 and can lead to tooth loss if not treated in its early stages.
The periodontists at Russell D. Hatfield, DDS, MS, Ltd are uniquely qualified to recognize the signs of gum disease, treat the causes effectively, and develop a plan to keep the problem from recurring in the future. Our specialists have years of training beyond dental school focused on performing procedures that restore the look, feel, and function of your gums. The health of our gums has a direct effect on how we talk and chew our food.
Gum disease is the term applied to infections that occur in the soft tissue that provides vital support for our teeth. These infections are generally caused by plaque, a sticky, colorless or yellowish coating of bacteria that builds up on our teeth. Bleeding, swelling, redness, tenderness are among the warning signs of gum disease. Gums that pull away from the teeth, persistent bad breath, a bad taste in the mouth, loose teeth and a change in the bite also are red flags. The early stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis, is reversible by having a professional cleaning. More advanced cases, known as periodontal disease, require treatments that vary depending on the severity.
Although genetics can play a role in a person’s tendency to develop gum problems, factors like poor oral hygiene, tobacco use, certain medications, diabetes, pregnancy, and hard-to-clean, misshapen teeth can all contribute.
If you recognize any of the symptoms of gum disease, early treatment by the periodontists at Russell D. Hatfield, DDS, MS, Ltd is critical. Our attentive staff prioritizes the comfort and care of our patients during treatment in our state-of-the-art facility. Don’t hesitate to contact us today for an appointment.