If you suspect you have gum disease
, you’re certainly not alone – a majority of Americans are suffering from some level of it today. Gum disease
can range from a simple inflammation to having a catastrophic effect on your mouth, damaging tissue and bone and worst of all, causing your teeth to fall out. To make matters worse, there are times when symptoms aren’t even noticeable until the disease has progressed to the worst stage. Therefore, first and foremost, you should attend regular dental checkups here at Schramm Dentistry
in Charlotte, NC
so that Dr. Schramm
can keep an eye on your gums and treat you with periodontal therapy
Of course, we understand that it isn’t always possible to make appointments as often as you’d like. You might feel like you need more information before you commit your valuable time to an examination, and we’re happy to provide you with it. If any of these categories fit you, then you’re at a higher risk for gum disease
- If you’re sixty-five or older
- If you often smoke or use tobacco
- If you suffer from a systemic disease that interferes with the body's inflammatory system, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or arthritis
- If you clench or grind your teeth
- If you take anti-depressants or oral contraceptives
Also, here are some symptoms that indicate you could be suffering from gum disease
- Your gums are red, tender, or swollen.
- Your gums bleed whenever you brush or floss.
- Your teeth look longer than they were before (your gums are receding).
- There are pockets of pus between your gums and teeth.
- If your bite begins to feel different or if your teeth seem loose
- If you suffer from bad breath that persists even after brushing or using mouthwash
If any of these symptoms seem familiar to you, don’t hesitate to contact us at Schramm Dentistry
disease doesn’t have to become a serious threat to your teeth, as long as you receive the treatment you need in a timely manner. Dr. Schramm
will be happy to provide you with effective periodontal treatment. Call our Charlotte, NC office
to reserve an appointment with us. We’re also happy to consult with patients from Ballantyne, Matthews, Fort Mill, Indian Land SC, and Mint Hill.
By Schramm Dentistry
January 24, 2013