Most adults have some form of gum disease, and many of those who have it don’t realize it. At Apex Dental, when you come in for a checkup, we don’t just check your teeth. We also check for gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, and oral cancer.
Periodontal disease is an infection and, if left untreated, they can lead to tooth loss. In fact, most adult tooth loss comes from periodontal disease. What’s more, recent research shows that periodontal disease also affects your heart and actually threatens your life expectancy. So it pays to know if your gums are healthy or not.
The insidious thing about gum disease is that there are often no clear-cut symptoms at all. It can progress silently for decades. Early signs may include bleeding gums when brushing and flossing and persistent bad breath, which can progress to later stage disease with signs like pus coming from the gums and loose teeth that may alter the bite.
The best defense is preventive care, both at home and with regular professional cleanings. When you have gum disease, we may recommend deep cleaning procedures and more frequent maintenance visits. No one wants to lose their teeth, and we’ll work with you to help you keep them all your life! Our team of hygienists are absolute experts in periodontal disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Not only will they provide you with the treatment you need to fight periodontal disease, they will also give you all of the education you need to maintain periodontal health.
Call us and reserve your spot today with one of our hygiene experts!
The entire staff is so courteous and professional. My hygienist is just the sweetest person. She provides a very thorough examination every time. The overall health of my mouth has improved dramatically since coming to Apex Dental. I appreciate everything that they have done for me.
-Sheri F. Des Moines, IA