Everything You Need to Know About Gum Disease

Posted: July 4, 2018

Everything You Need to Know About Gum Disease

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Periodontal Disease

Are your gums red and swollen? Do they bleed easily? Do you feel a sticky film on your gums? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you could be suffering from periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease (gum disease) is inflammation or an infection of the tissues that surround your teeth. It is essential to see your dentist if you suspect you have gum disease.Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease, affecting only the gum tissue. It is reversed by having a dental professional clean and remove the tartar from your teeth. The sooner you treat gum disease, the better.

When left untreated, periodontal disease can progress into chronic periodontitis or advanced periodontitis, which are infections of all the structures of the teeth, including the gums, periodontal ligament, and bone.

Chronic periodontitis affects almost half of the adult population in the United States. It is more common in men than women and progresses with age. Periodontitis damages the fibers and bones supporting the teeth and causes the gums to begin to pull away from them. While this stage is not reversible, patients can have dental treatment in an effort to prevent further damage.

Advanced periodontitis is the final stage of periodontal disease and is highly destructive. Typical signs include a rapid loss of tissue or bone in the mouth or a shift in the teeth caused by the destruction of the supporting fibers. If aggressive treatment doesn’t save the tooth, there may be no other choice but to remove it.

Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is not painful and may not come with warning signs, so many patients may not even know they have it. Getting regular dental cleanings from your dental professional to remove the build-up of tartar and plaque from your teeth is essential in preventing gum disease.

If you are experiencing red or swollen gums, bad breath, tender or bleeding gums, painful chewing, loose or sensitive teeth, gums pulling away from your teeth or a change in your bite, it is crucial that you see your dental professional and treat the gum disease before it progresses.

Risk Factors:

  • poor oral hygiene
  • smoking or chewing tobacco
  • genetics
  • crooked teeth
  • pregnancy
  • diabetes
  • stress
  • medications that cause dry mouth
  • immune deficiencies
  • female hormonal changes

Gum Disease Prevention

Gingivitis is gum diseases earliest stage and can be controlled with daily flossing, brushing, and regular professional cleanings. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Once periodontal disease progresses into periodontitis, extensive treatment is required to deep clean the surfaces below the gums. If deep cleaning does not do the trick, medication placed under the gums or as a last resort, corrective surgery may be needed.

Dr. Gary Kodish

You don’t have to lose your teeth to gum disease. Dr. Kodish and his staff are experienced with periodontal disease and offer treatment to help you get your gums back to optimal health so you can have a lifetime of healthy smiles. Call us today at 954-462-5252 to treat your gum disease before it progresses.

Dental Services Fort Lauderdale

Periodontal Treatment Fort Lauderdale

Dr. Gary Kodish welcomes you to Kodish Dental Group. Here is Fort Lauderdale, Dr. Gary Kodish and his team believe in providing patients with the best treatment available. We support a ‘full care’ dentistry environment, meaning that we will recommend the services needed to bring your smile to a state of optimal health, as well as provide you with a personalized prevention plan to address further concerns. This level of dental care is the dental care we would give members of our own family!

Please contact us at 954-462-5252 today to schedule your first appointment. Visit our website at www.kodish.com.


The Kodish Dental Group
301 SE 16th St
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316



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