Gum disease is a common dental condition and also one of the leading causes of tooth loss among adults. While the disease starts off relatively benign, with some slight inflammation or bleeding while brushing, it can quickly progress to advanced periodontal disease and cause irreversible damage such as bone loss, tooth loss, and gum recession. At the office of Dr. Anjum A. Ansari, DMD in Boston, MA, we provide periodontal treatment and maintenance for all stages of the disease in order to restore your oral health.
The development of gum disease
The number one cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene. A large portion of gum disease cases can be prevented by brushing at least twice daily, flossing, and maintaining routine dental exams. It is one of the biggest reasons that we focus on preventative care with our patients. It’s also important to know the risk factors that can increase your chances of developing gum disease. They include:
- Hormonal changes such as pregnancy or menopause
- Smoking or tobacco use
- Chronic stress
- Poor nutrition
During every dental exam and cleaning we look for any early signs of gum disease so that it can be treated quickly and efficiently.
Signs of gum disease
In its earliest stage, gingivitis, symptoms may include inflammation, red gums, chronic bad breath, or bleeding while brushing the teeth. If left untreated, plaque and bacteria buildup on the teeth and below the gum line will lead to aggressive periodontitis. At this stage, pockets will begin to form and separate the gum tissue from the tooth root, teeth may begin to shift and loosen, and bone will start to deteriorate.
Periodontal treatment at every stage
At our Boston office, we offer comprehensive periodontal treatment to help restore your oral health at every stage of gum disease. In the early stage of gingivitis, treatment may include improvement in at home oral hygiene and an increase in professional cleanings. As the disease advances, more aggressive cleanings such as scaling and root planing may be necessary to eliminate bacteria down to the root surfaces and reduce the periodontal pockets. If tooth loss has occurred, restorations such as dental implants can restore the smile.
Dr. Ansari understands the impact gum disease can have on the mouth, which is why we always screen for it and offer extensive therapies to make your smile healthy again. If you believe you have the symptoms of gum disease, call us at (617) 581-0689 to book an appointment.