in Wayland, Michigan
Unfortunately, periodontal (gum) disease can lead to more than just an unsightly smile – it can cause loss of teeth and eventually, if left untreated, serious health problems. Called gingivitis in its early stages, periodontal disease is caused by excessive toxic bacteria (found in plaque) that attack your mouth’s soft tissues. Early warning signs of the disease include red, swollen, bleeding gums. If caught early, we can help you reverse the damage. If detected late, we can use one of many effective cosmetic dentistry procedures to restore your mouth to a healthy, beautiful state. For more information, please contact our office today.
Q: If I have periodontal disease (gum disease) why don't my gums hurt?
A: Periodontal disease affects the gum tissue and bone supporting the teeth. Your gums will be red and bleed easily, but you may become accustomed to the irritation and the soreness can be minimal. Bone has no pain receptors. The destruction of supporting bone can progress without pain until the teeth are loose and it is too late to treat the disease. It is imperative that gum disease be detected and treated early to minimize the loss of bone support.
Q: Can I pass my periodontal disease to others?
A: Yes! Periodontal disease may be passed from parents to children and between couples. Researchers suggest that the bacterium that causes periodontal disease is passed through saliva. This means that when a family or couples come into contact with each other’s saliva, they’re at risk for contracting the periodontal disease of another family member. Based on research, the American Academy of Periodontology recognizes that treatment of gum disease may involve entire families. If one family member has periodontal disease, the A.A.P recommends that all family members see a dental professional for gum disease screening.
An oral cancer screening is an essential part of your visit to our office. During this screening we are feeling for any lumps and irregular looking tissue changes in your head, neck, cheeks and oral cavity. Early detection has a better chance for successful treatment.
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