According to a recent study by the FDA, 75% of Americans have some form of gum disease. When caught early, gum disease, also known as gingivitis, can be effectively treated so contact us sooner rather than later if you think you might be at risk. However, once the condition escalates, gum disease can lead to extensive damage of your teeth and gums, other serious health problems, and even the loss of teeth.
Symptoms of gum disease are generally mild, but can escalate quickly. If you notice any of the following symptoms, call Dr. Ryan at Tennessee Family Dental in Nashville at (615) 331-5977.
- Bleeding, swollen, or tender gums
- Pus between teeth and gums
- Exposed tooth roots
- Chronic bad breath
- Changes in your bite
- Loose or separating teeth
- Ill-fitting dentures or partials
The build up of plaque at the gum line contributes to gum disease. Bacteria in the plaque can release toxins which destroy the gum and bone tissue over a period of time.
You should brush daily, but brushing alone will not remove plaque buildup between teeth. Flossing is essential to maintain a healthy, bacteria-free smile. Only a dentist or dental hygienist can thoroughly remove hardened plaque from below the gum line.
Dr. O’Neill uses advanced technologies based on the latest scientific research to treat periodontal (gum) disease at his Nashville dental office. It’s important that you address any symptoms today because periodontal disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, pregnancy complications, and other systemic illnesses.
Nashville dentist Dr. Ryan O’Neill can provide the advance care you need to treat gum disease and give you a beautiful smile you can feel confident about.
Tennessee Family Dental is conveniently located in Nippers Corner, near Edmonson and Old Hickory Blvd.