Periodontal (Gum) Disease – Union Street

Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Kimbery Goodell
September 23, 2023

I had a great dental visit. I had worked for a dentist office for 3 years and was very particular when I choose a new office for my family. I heard great things about Dr. Wright and Brittney had been our hygienist years before. Both my visits went very well. Dr. Wright is very personable. Her assistant Tina was very friendly and so was the whole office. They were very helpful when given me info on what I would owe. Dr. Wright fixed an issue for me that I had for years and didn’t think could be fixed. I highly recommend them.

Adam Severy
February 13, 2023

This is a wonderful family friendly dentist office! The staff is incredibly kind and my children actually enjoy coming here!

Patricia Whittemore
February 6, 2023

The staff is always so caring and friendly. So glad I switched my son to this place!

Kevin McDonnell
January 30, 2023

Dental Offices Terrified me….Until I became one of Dr.Frank D’Auria’s first patients (long before “The Center for Dental Health” was established) and grieve his and his staff’s departure. They were a great crew. I’m feeling truly blessed by the seamless transition Dr. Kelly Wright has accomplished. I am not one who is comfortable with change or meeting new people, but everyone in this office is welcoming, friendly, helpful, competent, professional and just plain nice. What can I say other than Thank You.

John Murphy
December 28, 2022

My appointment was on time and the person that cleaned my teeth did a great job. Thank you to everyone involved.. Happy New Year!

Bill Reuther
December 14, 2022


Periodontal Disease: The Silent Threat to Your Oral Health

Understanding the Causes, Symptoms, and Importance of Early Intervention

Your smile is a reflection of your overall health and well-being. Healthy teeth and gums not only contribute to a beautiful smile but also play a vital role in maintaining your overall health. However, there’s a silent threat that can jeopardize your oral health – periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. At Union Street Dental, we believe that knowledge is the key to prevention and early intervention. Let’s explore what periodontal disease is, its causes, symptoms, and the importance of seeking timely dental care.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is a progressive bacterial infection that affects the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. It begins with inflammation of the gum tissue (gingivitis) and, if left untreated, can advance to more severe stages, causing irreversible damage to the gums and underlying bone.

Causes of Periodontal Disease

The primary cause of periodontal disease is the accumulation of plaque – a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth. When plaque is not regularly removed through proper oral hygiene practices, it hardens into tartar (calculus), which cannot be eliminated with brushing and flossing alone. Tartar provides a favorable environment for bacteria to thrive and irritate the gums, leading to gingivitis. Other risk factors that can contribute to the development and progression of periodontal disease include:

  • Poor Oral Hygiene: Inadequate brushing, flossing, and lack of regular dental check-ups can increase the risk of gum disease.
  • Tobacco Use: Smoking and chewing tobacco can hinder the healing of gum tissue and increase the severity of periodontal disease.
  • Genetics: Some individuals may have a genetic predisposition to developing periodontal disease.
  • Systemic Health Conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and immune disorders, can increase the risk of gum disease.
  • Hormonal Changes: Hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy or menopause can make gums more susceptible to inflammation.

Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

In its early stages, periodontal disease may not present noticeable symptoms. However, as the condition progresses, the following signs may become evident:

  • Gums that Bleed Easily: Especially during brushing, flossing, or eating hard foods.
  • Swollen or Tender Gums: Inflammation and discomfort in the gum tissue.
  • Receding Gums: Gums that pull away from the teeth, making the teeth appear longer.
  • Persistent Bad Breath: Foul-smelling breath that doesn’t improve with oral hygiene.
  • Changes in Tooth Alignment: Teeth may shift or become loose as the gum and bone support weakens.
  • Pus between Teeth and Gums: A sign of infection and advanced gum disease.
  • Changes in Bite and Fit of Dentures: Due to the loss of gum and bone support.

Importance of Early Intervention

Timely intervention and treatment are critical in managing and halting the progression of periodontal disease. If left untreated, it can lead to serious consequences, including tooth loss and potential adverse effects on your overall health. Research has also linked periodontal disease to an increased risk of various systemic conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes complications, and respiratory issues.

Prevention and Treatment

Preventing periodontal disease starts with maintaining good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups. If diagnosed with periodontal disease, your dentist may recommend various treatment options based on the severity of the condition. These treatments may include scaling and root planing, antibiotics, gum surgery, and other specialized procedures to restore gum health.

Periodontal disease is a significant threat to oral health that requires prompt attention and appropriate care. At Union Street Dental, we prioritize preventive care and early intervention to safeguard your smile and overall well-being. Regular dental check-ups are essential in detecting and addressing gum disease at its early stages. If you suspect any symptoms of gum disease or have concerns about your oral health, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with our experienced dental team. Together, we can protect your smile from the silent threat of periodontal disease and set you on the path to lifelong oral health.

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