Most adults in the United States suffer from some form of periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease. Periodontal diseases range from simple gum inflammation to serious disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. In the worst cases, teeth are permanently lost. Adults usually don’t show signs of gum disease until they are in their 30s or 40s with men more more likely to have gum disease than women. Although teenagers rarely develop periodontitis, they can develop gingivitis, the milder form of gum disease. Most commonly, gum disease develops when plaque is allowed to build up along and under the gum line.
What is the next step when your dentist informs you that you are suffering from periodontal disease? There are several forms of treatment available including deep cleaning, medication and even surgery in extreme cases. Whatever the path you choose, Dr. Bennett and her staff are available to treat you with the highest standards of care available today.