in New Lenox, IL
Periodontal disease (or gum disease) is an inflammatory condition that results from the buildup of plaque and tartar (and eventually bacteria) between the teeth and gums. The bacterial infection that occurs causes the gums to become red and inflamed, and over time, the gum tissue, roots of the teeth, and even the underlying bone can start to deteriorate. At Lincolnway Dental Associates, we want to help you avoid this painful and potentially life-altering disease. With periodontics, we can diagnose, treat, and help you prevent gum disease for good.
Are your gums sore and inflamed? Are you having trouble cleaning off some of the buildup on your teeth? Call the Lincolnway team at (815) 462-4838.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Often, people don’t know they have gum disease. It takes its time developing and may not cause symptoms until it has progressed to a more advanced stage.
However, there are some red flags that could indicate an infection. Look for these signs:
- Chronic oral pain
- Tender, swollen gums
- Receding gums (make teeth appear longer)
- Gums bleed when you brush and floss
- Bad breath that won’t go away
- Sores inside the mouth
- Loose teeth
- Separating of the teeth
If you’re noticing any of these problems with your teeth and gums, don’t hesitate to contact us for an appointment.
How to Prevent Periodontal Disease
Preventing periodontal disease is something every individual should learn at an early age.
Here are some very important habits that children and adults alike need to incorporate into their routines:
- Brushing your teeth (and tongue) twice a day
- Flossing at least once a day to dislodge food particles and plaque that are stuck between your teeth
- Rinsing your mouth out with mouthwash after brushing and flossing to remove any remaining food particles
- Seeing a dental professional every 6 months for a full oral exam
Additionally, you may be more at risk for gum disease due to genetics, your age, certain habits such as smoking, and your diet.