Symptoms of Gum Disease Fairbanks AK
While most people understand how serious gum disease can be to their teeth and their oral health, many do not realize how serious it can be to their overall medical health. If asked, most would be able to say bleeding gums and potential bone loss to the upper and lower jawbones would be indicative of gum disease. However, they do not realize it is also linked to diabetes, arthritis, and even heart disease.
The earliest stage is called gingivitis and the only point at which the disease can be cured. It is usually marked by sore gums and bleeding gums following brushing or flossing. Soreness in the jaw and tenderness at the jaw or along the gumline is also indicative of the early stages. It is important to realize that once it moves on to the more advanced stages it cannot be cured. The symptoms can be alleviated with focused treatment but the disease itself will always remain with the patient.
Dental professionals recommend patients perform self-examinations to look for inflamed gums, discolored gum tissue, discharge along the gum lines where the gums meet the teeth, and sores on the tongue or roof of the mouth. These are all indicators for how far along the periodontal disease is and what the best treatment is. Please contact us today with questions at Fairbanks Periodontal Associates.
Gum Disease and Complications
The balance of the level of bacteria in the oral cavity is important to maintain homeostasis in the mouth. The bacteria are needed to help break down food particles and help in the digestive process. However, when these bacteria increase to toxic levels, it can become damaging to all parts of the mouth. It first turns to tartar which sticks to the tooth surfaces before turning to plaque. This cannot be removed by brushing and flossing and can only be taken care of by a dental professional.
Patients should always be conscious of the changes in what is known as the pathology of their mouths. This will not only allow them to notice changes indicative of periodontal disease, but other disorders such as oral cancer as well.
It is important for early detection in order to prove a satisfactory treatment outcome. There are multiple stages of gum disease. The first stage is known as gingivitis and is usually when patients begin to notice soreness and bloody gums. This is when the disease can be reversed. Once it moves to the advanced stages it can only be managed. It is something the patient will have to deal with their entire lives.
The disease is incredibly destructive and quite progressive which is why it is important for patients to come in for treatment if they have been diagnosed. While the disease may not be able to be reversed it can be slowed down and the symptoms alleviated. This is why it is so important for patients to come in if they suspect they have periodontal disease or are concerned about specific symptoms. Please come in today for your evaluation at Fairbanks Periodontal Associates. Call us today at (907) 455-7100 to schedule your initial evaluation and assessment.