Facts about Gum Disease
It is disheartening to hear that gum disease can happen to anyone at any time. No matter the patient’s oral hygiene habits, race, age, or genetics, this disease can develop. That being said, there are some demographics that are much likelier to be diagnosed. This includes those over the age of 50, men, Mexican Americans, African Americans, pregnant women, and smokers.
Not all gum disease is the same though and most patients will experience a progression of symptoms and side effects. Gingivitis is in fact the beginning stages of gum disease and can often be treated with amazing results. Early warning signs for gingivitis include swollen, painful, or bloody gums. Advanced cases will involve retention of the gums that could lead to diseased pockets of plaque and calculus.
The only truly effective gum treatment involves regular trips to United Dental Care. Along with daily oral hygiene, our dentists can catch this disease in its earliest stages and provide effective preventative treatment.