Gum disease is an oral health problem that currently affects millions of people – maybe even you. Many people with the early stages of periodontal disease are unaware of it. This is one of the reasons why regular dental exams and teeth cleaning are so important. During your appointment, Dr. Mason O. Miner and his team will check for the early signs that point to developing periodontal disease. Some of these symptoms you can observe at home.
What to Watch For
The early stages of gum disease can advance slowly, so you may never even notice that there is anything wrong. There are three important symptoms that you should pay attention to; these are signals that periodontal disease is advancing and requires prompt attention. Here is what to what for:
Gum disease is closely linked to a number of other health conditions, including diabetes. Because diabetes can prevent the body from fighting off opportunistic infections gum disease can advance unchecked. If you have diabetes, be sure to tell your dentist.
Treating Gum Disease
Gum disease can be treated with the help of a medical laser. This method clears away the infection and damaged tissue while leaving healthy tissue intact. Bleeding and discomfort is minimal, and patients typically enjoy much faster recovery times, too. If you would like to explore gum disease treatment options just speak with Dr. Miner.