Gum disease is one of the most common oral health issues in the world. In fact, the CDC suggests that nearly 50% of adults ages 30 and over have some form of the disease. The number rises above 70% for people over the age of 65. This is concerning given the related health issues that can result – such as heart disease, kidney failure, and chronic respiratory problems.
Gum disease symptoms may include:
- Red or swollen gum tissue
- Blood in saliva when brushing teeth or eating crunchy foods
- Pus in between teeth
- Chronic bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Gum tissue pulling away from tooth roots
These issues should be brought to the immediate attention of Cedar Rapids family dentists Dr. Blaine McLaughlin and Dr. Meghan Mueller (Nelson). Proper treatment often relies on swift intervention.
Treating Gum Disease
Some early stages of gum disease may respond well to a professional cleaning combined with better at-home care. Prescription mouthwash may also be needed to help guard against re-infection.
When gum disease gets worse, tartar and calculus must be removed from below the gum line through scaling and root planing. With this treatment, special instruments are used to scrape hardened plaque and the bacteria it holds in place from all areas of the teeth.
We can help treat gum disease, but we can’t prevent its recurrence. Only you can do that. Brush after every meal. Floss at least once a day. Visit our office every six months for professional cleanings.
If you believe you may be suffering from gum disease, call Dental Touch Associates at 319-373-5082 to schedule a periodontal examination. Dr. McLaughlin and Dr. Mueller (Nelson) serve Cedar Rapids and all surrounding areas of Iowa.