What is Gum Disease in Trumbull?

December 22, 2016

Redness, swelling and bleeding are symptoms of gum disease in Trumbull. Dr. Michael Curtis restores gums to keep oral and systemic health at their best.

You have healthy teeth–no cavities, great alignment. However, how healthy are your gums? Your gum tissue provides an important blood supply and nutrients to your teeth and also anchors them in your jaw. If infected with a condition called periodontitis, gum tissue recedes, leading to loss of both bone density and teeth. Periodontal therapy from Dr. Michael Curtis in Trumbull can help return your gums to vibrant health.

Causes of Gum Disease

Dr. Michael Curtis tells his patients that twice daily brushing and flossing, in addition to semi-annual exams and professional cleanings, help prevent the effects of periodontal disease. All forms of gum disease result from neglected oral hygiene and build-up of bacteria-filled plaque and hard tartar at and below the gums. Heredity, smoking, chewing tobacco, poor diet and hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy and menopause can set the stage for gum disease. So can some systemic diseases such as diabetes.

Signs of this serious condition are:

  • Red, puffy, bleeding gums when you brush or floss
  • Persistent bad breath, or halitosis
  • Pus-filled gums
  • Deep pockets between the teeth and gums
  • Gums which have pulled away from tooth surfaces
  • Tooth mobility
  • Change in denture fit or dental bite
  • A “long tooth” appearance to your smile

The American Dental Association says that more than 50 percent of adult Americans over the age of 30 have some degree of periodontal disease and may not even realize they have it.  They jeopardize their oral and systemic health if they do not see an experienced dentist, such as Dr. Curtis, for regular evaluation and treatment.

Besides harmful oral effects, gum disease hurts systemic health, too, contributing to serious conditions, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Type-2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Pregnancy problems
  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Arthritis and other inflammatory conditions
  • Liver and kidney disease

Treatments

Besides a diligent oral hygiene routine at home, gingivitis and more serious forms of gum disease in Trumbull respond well to intervention by skilled dentists.  As part of a total treatment plan, Dr. Curtis may recommend tooth scaling and root planing to remove plaque and smooth root surfaces so gums reattach to the teeth and heal.  Also, he may use antimicrobial therapy to heal infection at the gum line. Patients should visit their dentist every six months or more often when advised to keep their gums and teeth clean and healthy.

When was Your Last Professional Cleaning?

Please don’t be embarrassed if your gums are bothering you. Contact Dr. MIchael Curtis and his team at Curtis Family Dentistry for a complete oral exam and hygienic cleaning right away. Periodontitis can be treated successfully and your oral health maintained as part of a comprehensive care plan. You don’t have to suffer needlessly. Enjoy vibrant gum health starting now!

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