As one of the most common oral health issues we see at our Framingham dental office – and one of the most common oral health problems any dentist sees – we take gum disease very seriously. At our office, a periodontist is available to offer periodontal therapy to treat advanced gum disease that may be threatening your ongoing oral health and function, as well as your overall wellbeing.
Causes of Gum Disease
What causes gum disease? Your mouth is full of bacteria, and these bacteria create a film on your teeth called plaque. They can also get down below the gum line, inflaming the tissue and leading to infection if not regularly cleaned away. Flossing is necessary for removing these bacteria below the gum line.
Early Stages of Gum Disease
Gum disease can range in severity from gingivitis to periodontitis. In the earliest phases, gum disease can be treated with more rigorous flossing and regular dental checkups; however, if the problem advances to periodontitis, we can perform complete periodontal therapy to clear away the infection. This is important, because if left untreated, gum disease may contribute to:
- Tooth loss
- Heart disease
- Heart attack
- Diabetes complications
- Pregnancy complications
In fact, gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in America!
Call to Learn More About Gum Disease
To find out whether or not you’re suffering from gum disease (hint: if your gums bleed, there’s definitely a problem), contact the Framingham, MA dental office of Dr. Mark Fried to schedule an exam. We’ll let you know if you need periodontal therapy and help you lower your risk of infection in the future. If you’re in Natick, Ashland, Sudbury, Hopkinton, Holliston, or Southborough, our office is conveniently located to you as well.