Gum Disease: The Silent Tooth Killer

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Gum disease (or periodontal disease) is an infection of the tissue around your teeth that leads to tissue, bone and tooth loss. It can be a silent tooth killer because it may develop without triggering any symptoms in your mouth. However, through quick action, gum disease can be both treated and prevented.

According to the ADA, advanced gum disease (known as periodontitis) affects 47.2 percent of Americans over the age of 30. Symptoms to watch out for may include:

– red, swollen or bleeding gums
– painful chewing
– gum recession
– chronic bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
– loose teeth

Treatment options depend on your specific dental needs. Our dentist, David Powell may recommend at-home oral hygiene, antibiotics, professional deep cleanings or even gum surgery. The best treatment is preventative action—daily brushing and flossing, along with regular dental checkups. Even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms of gum disease, you should have your teeth and gums examined every six months to maintain quality oral health.

For further information, contact David Powell at 801-266-1414. If you currently suffer from gum disease or worry you may develop it, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment at All Care Dentistry in Murray, Utah. We look forward to helping you maintain your smile.