Gum Disease

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that nearly half of all Americans over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease. Of the 64.7 million adults in the United States with gum disease, nearly 40 percent suffer from moderate to severe periodontitis. In these advanced stages, without periodontal treatment, gum disease can result in tooth loss, bone necrosis, and even systemic issues such as heart attack and stroke.

If you live in or around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and are experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease, please contact Dentonics, Inc. or call 412-487-6910 to schedule an examination today.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

In its earliest stages, red and swollen gum tissue is the most common symptom of gum disease. This issue may be accompanied by gum bleeding, particularly when brushing or flossing. In this stage, increased dental hygiene visits with one of our Pittsburgh dentists may be all it takes to eliminate the problem.

Left untreated, gum disease can quickly produce more severe symptoms such as:

  • Chronic bad breath or an unpleasant taste in the mouth
  • Generalized pain or increased tooth sensitivity
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Pus in between teeth
  • Gum tissue pulling away from tooth roots
  • Oral sores
  • Changes in the way teeth fit together

These symptoms may indicate a serious problem and should be brought to the attention of one of our Pittsburgh dentists immediately.

Advanced gum disease can complicate preexisting health issues as well as increase risks for heart disease, respiratory problems, and even dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Prompt periodontal treatment is the most effective way to prevent these issues and help restore comfort and health to your teeth and gums.

Regular Visits

Brushing and flossing daily are your best defenses against gum disease, but regular visits to our office are an essential component as well. Maintaining biannual checkups with our Pittsburgh dentists allows us to check for early signs of gum disease and treat the issue before serious problems occur.

To schedule an appointment with one of our experienced Pittsburg dentists, please contact us today. Dentonics, Inc. serves patients in the Pittsburgh and Allison Park areas of Pennsylvania.