At some point during their lifetimes, nearly one out of every eight adults will suffer from some form of periodontal or gum disease. Periodontal or gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in Americans over 18 years old. The preliminary stages of gum disease are commonly referred to as gingivitis and are marked by swollen gums that bleed easily and persistent bad breath. Without prompt and vigorous treatment, the disease can spread, posing a serious threat to not only your smile but also your overall health, upping the odds for everything from heart attacks to premature pregnancies.
Because gum disease begins below the gum line, early detection is difficult. Many symptoms are barely noticeable at first and you may not experience any discomfort until the disease has progressed to its later stages. So when you come in for a check-up at Towncare Dental, we’ll thoroughly examine your gums for any possible problems. If we discover the disease early enough, we can minimize or even reverse its potentially devastating effects. In severe cases, we may refer you to a qualified specialist.