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GUM
DISEASE
By: Chie Li Ee DMD and Gina Pratta
If you have gum disease, you are not alone. About 80% of U.S. adults
currently have some form of the disease. It ranges from simple gum
inflammation called gingivitis to more serious disease that results in damage
to the bone, called periodontitis.
In gingivitis, the gums become red and swollen and may bleed easily.
Most people can reverse gingivitis with brushing, flossing and regular dental
visits. Untreated gingivitis can lead to periodontitis. The gums pull away from
the teeth and form pockets that are infected. If not treated, the bone, gums
and connecting tissue that supports the teeth are destroyed resulting in
tooth loss. Periodontal disease is not “cured” but managed just like any other
disease. Maintaining good oral hygiene and regular professional care are very
important following treatment for periodontal disease.
Also, periodontal disease, a chronic inflammatory disease, is linked to other
health risks such as: heart disease, stroke, diabetes and pregnancy problems.
Some signs that you may have gum disease are:
1.
Red, swollen gums.
2.
Gums that bleed when brushing or flossing.
3.
Chronic bad breath.
4.
Teeth that shift or loosen.
5.
Receding gums and/ or changes in your bite.

A regular check-up exam at your dentist should include a periodontal
examination. Measurements are taken of the spaces between your teeth and
gums. Any dentist or dental hygienist can measure these gaps. Color, texture,
shape,bleeding,andthesemeasurementsareallevaluated.Xraysarenecessary
to look at bone levels around teeth.
If gum disease is diagnosed you may have a common treatment called
scaling and root planning, or “deep cleaning”. It is a non-surgical way to treat
early to moderate gingivitis and periodontitis. For more advanced disease, you
may be referred to a gum specialist called a periodontist.
Some risk factors for gum disease include:
1. Age, there is more risk with age.
2. Bleeding gums.
3. Smoking or using tobacco products.
4. Over two years since seeing a dentist.
5. Not flossing or flossing irregularly.
6. Health conditions of heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis,
osteopenia, high stress.
7. Previous gum problems, gum infection
or gum inflammation.
8. Previous extractions of teeth due to gum disease.
9. A family history of gum disease.
10. Pregnancy.

Make an appointment at Advanced Dental Concepts
today by calling (609) 601-9300
We at Advanced Dental Concepts welcome new
patients and are committed to providing quality and
comprehensive care for all our patients.
Call (609) 601-9300 or log on to
www.advanceddental1.com today!

Advanced Dental Concepts PA
General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry

98 New Road #4, Somers Point, NJ 08244

609-601-9300 • www.Advanceddental1.com

DR CHIE LI EE 98 NEW ROAD, SOMERS POINT, NJ 08244

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