At Dental Associates of Delaware our patient’s oral health is our number one priority which is why we are happy to be able to provide our patients with information they need to maintain a healthy smile. Though you may not be experiencing any sort of oral pain, it is always wise to visit your dentist regularly for check ups to avoid potential issues such as gum disease. Dental Associates of Delaware is happy to be able to provide more than just general dentistry at six office locations in Brandywine, Hockessin, Middletown, Newark, Wilmington, and Millsboro, Delaware. We are always eager to meet new patients!
Severity of Gum Disease
Having gum disease is a serious problem that can result in major damage to the soft tissues and bone that support your teeth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), half of Americans over the age of 30 have gum disease. Although evidence of gum disease becomes evident between the ages of 30 and 40, children are not exempt from the development of gum disease. Continue reading and discover the different types of gum disease and the effects of gum disease to determine if you or your child has gum disease.
Gum Disease Is Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a natural way your body responds to the presence of harmful bacteria. This inflammatory disease is a serious infection that can affect one or more teeth. Different types of gum disease include:
- Gingivitis – the mildest form of gum disease
Gum disease begins when bacteria in plaque cause the gums to become inflamed. The mildest form of gum disease that has little or no discomfort is gingivitis. Chronic periodontitis is more evident in adulthood. If gum disease is not treated, it can lead to damaged teeth and even tooth loss.
Symptoms Of Gum Disease
Any form of gum disease is often caused by poor oral hygiene practices. Gum disease can be a bit unpleasant. Evidence of gum disease include:
- Red gums
- Swollen gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath that won’t go away
- Sensitive teeth
If you think you are experiencing the symptoms above, you may have gum disease. Contact us at our offices in Brandywine, Hockessin, Middletown, Newark, Wilmington, or Millsboro with any questions you may have about periodontics. We look forward to hearing from you soon!