Considering the fact that gum disease is one of the most common preventable and treatable diseases, affecting nearly 80% of American adults – most of whom are entirely unaware they are infected – one might wonder, “So what’s the big deal?” If gum disease is so common, and most people don’t notice any signs or symptoms, why treat it? Keep reading, or schedule a visit with your Lafayette dentist to learn more. We are proud to offer our patients the most advanced laser gum disease treatment available.
The fact of the matter is, gum disease can be deadly if left untreated. The same bacteria and toxins that infect your gums can travel through the bloodstream and into the rest of the body and major organs. Research has found a strong direct correlation between gum disease and increased risk of systemic health problems including heart attack, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, respiratory diseases, and osteoporosis. Treating your gum disease in the early stages might just save your life.
Gum disease is an infection of the gum tissue (and sometimes bone) surrounding the teeth. When proper oral hygiene is not followed, plaque is allowed time to harden into tartar, which irritates the gums to the point where the gum tissue begins to pull away from the teeth, or recede. There are three stages of gum disease:
If you are experiencing some level of gum disease, you may notice any or all of the following symptoms:
If you have noticed any of the symptoms, or have been diagnosed with gum disease, we would love for you to come see us. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment online, please give us a call today at 337.446.2397.
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