By James L. Pyle, DDS
August 08, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Gum disease is a common problem; it affects an estimated 65 percent of American adults in one form or another. Dr. James Pyle, yourperiodontal disease dentist in Durham, North Carolina, sees many patients who are dealing with the symptoms of gum disease, although they may not realize that's what they have. Below are some of the common signs of gum disease and what treatment means for you.

Signs of periodontal disease

One of the first signs of periodontal disease is the gum tissue becomes reddened and swollen. The gums may also recede, or shrink, and can bleed when brushing, flossing, or chewing. Halitosis, or bad breath, may accompany these symptoms due to the constant presence of bacteria in the mouth. Advanced gum disease can be painful and the teeth can loosen or even fall out due the bacteria's effect on the jawbone.

What can happen if you delay treatment

Periodontal disease can progress from the mild form, known as gingivitis, to periodontitis, which brings with it the pain and tooth loss discussed above by your Durham dentist.

The good news is that gum disease can be treated; your Durham dentist's main goal for periodontal disease treatment is to stop the infection at its source. This can mean deep cleaning of the teeth and gums, antibiotics, prescription mouthwash, or medications to slow the production of the disease-causing enzymes. For advanced gum disease, there are surgical procedures to encourage new growth of the damaged gum tissue. Regardless of what stage your gum disease is, visiting Dr. James Pyle, your dentist in Durham, North Carolina, will start you on the road to recovery. Contact us for an appointment today!