According to the American Dental Association, periodontal (gum) disease affects 47.2% of people who are aged 30 or over and 70.1% of people who are aged 65 and over. Not only does gum disease cause problems for your oral health, but it has also been linked to an increased risk of heart disease. Fortunately, Dr. William C. Strutz, located in Shawnee, KS, specializes in affordable periodontal treatment.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Your mouth contains a lot of bacteria, which is why it’s important to practice good oral hygiene. The primary cause of periodontal disease begins is a build-up of plaque. This is a sticky film that coats your teeth and lingers between your teeth and at your gum line. Plaque contains bacteria and it begins to form on your teeth within 4-12 hours after brushing, which is why it’s important to brush your teeth several times each day. When plaque is allowed to build up it can lead to gum disease.
How Do You Know if you Have Gum Disease?
Often, when periodontal disease is in its initial stages, you will not notice any signs or symptoms. Symptoms that you may gradually notice include:
- Persistent bad breath
- Bleeding gums
- Inflamed or sensitive gums
- Receding gums
- Formation of pockets in the gums
- Loose teeth
- Changes in your bite
Only a dental professional can determine how advanced your gum disease is and the best way to treat it. Your treatment options will be based on what stage of the disease you have. The goal of treatment is to reduce swelling, infection, and pocket development, as well as to prevent the disease from worsening.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Good oral care is vital to prevent the development of gum disease. Brush thoroughly at least twice daily, and don’t forget to clean every surface including your gums and tongue. Use dental floss once a day to clean between your teeth as well as below the gum line. Additionally, make sure to visit our Shawnee office twice a year for regular checkups.
Concerned? Give Us a Call
Call Dr. Strutz's Shawnee office at (913) 268-0808 to learn more about how we can treat your periodontal disease.