Gum Disease Specialist

Zenobia L Sowell, DDS -  - Cosmetic Dentistry

So-Well Dental Associates

Zenobia L Sowell, DDS

Cosmetic Dentistry located in Near North Side, Chicago, IL

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss amongst adults. It’s also known to be a “silent killer,” meaning it can develop and advance with you even realizing it. Keeping your gums healthy is vital to your oral health, which is why it’s important to maintain routine checkups with your dentist. The team at So-Well Dental Associates in River North of Chicago is trained to monitor any signs of gum disease and treat them before they become serious. To learn more, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking online.

Gum Disease Q & A

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is a bacterial infection of your gum tissue. It’s caused by a buildup of plaque and tartar on your teeth. 

When the bacteria in plaque and tartar come into contact with the sugars in your food, they release acids that eat away at your tooth enamel and irritate your gums. Eventually, those acids corrode your gums and destroy your healthy tissue.

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss amongst adults, making the health of your gums incredibly vital to your overall oral health.

 

How does gum disease progress?

Gum disease occurs in two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, where your gums have only just become inflamed in response to the irritation from plaque and tartar. During gingivitis, your gums might be tender and might bleed when you brush your teeth, but no lasting damage has been done to them. If left untreated, gingivitis eventually develops into periodontitis.

Periodontitis

When your gum disease reaches the periodontitis stage, your gums have become so irritated by the plaque and tartar that they begin to pull away from your teeth. This recession creates “pockets” between your teeth and gums. These pockets collect debris and bacteria that further irritate your gums, causing them to recede further. This cycle continues until the tissues and structures that hold your teeth in place have been totally eroded, leading to tooth loss.

 

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

Some of the more common signs of gum disease are:

  • Gums that are swollen, tender, and red
  • Bleeding when you brush your teeth
  • Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
  • Receding gums, or the appearance of longer teeth
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Changes in how your bite feels

Gum disease is known as a “silent killer,” however, meaning that most people don’t notice their symptoms until the disease has progressed into the more advanced stages. That’s why it’s incredibly important to maintain regular cleanings and checkups with So-Well Dental Associates. They’re trained to closely monitor any development of gum disease and catch it in its earliest stages.

 

What happens if I don’t treat my gum disease?

If left untreated, gum disease eventually will destroy the structures holding your teeth in place, leaving your teeth to fall out. 

Gum disease also has been linked to stroke and heart disease, and it’s been shown to worsen diabetes. 

Don’t wait for your gum disease to do more harm than it needs to.

 

Schedule your appointment with So-Well Dental Associates today by calling the office or booking a visit online.