According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47.2% of Americans age 30 and older have periodontal disease.Periodontal disease is caused by untreated plaque buildup on your teeth and gums. While early gum disease is reversible, the same can’t be said once it progresses into periodontitis.
Periodontal disease symptoms include:
- Bleeding gums
- Sore gums
- Swollen gums
- Receding gums
- Persistent bad breath
Benefits of Gum Disease Treatments
People with periodontal disease often have deep gum pockets around their teeth. Over time, these pockets get filled with plaque and will need to be cleaned by one of our dentists. During scaling and root planing, our dentists remove plaque and tartar from both above and below the gum line. They’ll then smooth out your tooth roots to help receding gums reattach to teeth.
Recent research suggests a link between periodontal disease and other serious conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even premature birth. Our dentists will be able to discuss your risk factors for periodontal disease during your next appointment. After scaling and root planing, we also make sure you understand how to care for your smile so you can mitigate the effects of periodontitis from home.
To schedule your appointment with our Westland dentists, call Parkside Dental Team at (734) 261-6060.