By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
November 18, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Periodontal disease is a common problem for American adults. According to the American Academy of Periodontology and the Centers for periodontal-diseaseDisease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 60 million American adults aged 30 and up have advanced gum disease (periodontitis). Prevention and early intervention is the best line of defense against periodontal disease, which can lead to a number of oral health problems and tooth loss if left untreated. Our dentists provide comprehensive gum disease prevention and treatment services in Westland, MI.

Periodontal Disease Prevention and Treatment Services in Westland, MI

There are several stages to periodontal disease:

  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis
  • Advanced periodontitis

Gum disease is progressive, meaning that it gets worse over time, so catching it early is the best way to prevent permanent damage to your gums and connective tissue. The first stage is gingivitis, which is most recognizable by red, swollen gums and bleeding when you brush and floss your teeth. If left untreated gingivitis can become periodontitis over time, but if you get treatment early enough gingivitis is reversible and doesn't cause lasting damage.

Periodontitis and advanced periodontitis can lead to damage to the connective tissue and bone in your gums. Over time, pockets form between teeth and gum tissue which attract bacteria. Another common side effect of advanced periodontitis is bone loss and tooth loss in extreme cases.

The best way to protect yourself from periodontal disease is to go to the dentist every six months for a check up and cleaning. You also need to practice good oral hygiene, eat a healthy diet with adequate fruits and vegetables, and avoid smoking and drinking alcohol in excess. Schedule an appointment with your dentist if you notice the following symptoms:

  • Bright red gums
  • Swollen/puffy or tender gums
  • Bleeding when you brush and floss
  • Gum recession
  • Noticeable pockets between teeth and gums
  • Changes to your bite pattern
  • Loose teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Signs of infection like pus


Find a Dentist in Westland, MI

Periodontal disease may be prevalent but it's not inevitable. For more information about what you can do to prevent gum disease, or for treatment options if you're exhibiting symptoms, contact our office today by calling (734) 425-9130 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists today.