Today, an incredible 3 out of 4 Americans are suffering from some level of periodontal disease (also referred to as gum disease), a potentially serious oral health condition that can result in serious pain, inflammation, the deterioration of oral tissue and bone, and even tooth loss in its more advanced stages. Even worse, research has shown that it can negatively contribute to overall health conditions like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. At Little Smiles Dentistry of Lewisville/Flower Mound we never take the threat of periodontal disease lightly; that’s why we check for its presence during every regular check-up you attend at our office. Plus, with various therapy options available, Dr. My-Hanh Nguyen and her staff can help treat any ill effects and keep your smile safe for years to come.
How can I tell if I have periodontal disease?
Common, tell-tale signs of periodontal disease that you can check for in the comfort of your own home include:
• Swollen, red, and/or tender gums
• Bleeding that occurs whenever brushing or flossing
• The appearance of teeth that suddenly look longer (this can mean your gum line is receding)
• A change in the way your bite feels or fits together
• Serious bad breath that isn’t alleviated by oral hygiene and/or mouthwash
Of course, it’s crucial to remember that in some cases of periodontal disease, only very subtle signs appear that can be easily missed. That’s why we encourage you to visit our Lewisville/Flower Mound dental office for regular check-ups so that our professionals can be sure to catch those hints and provide effective treatment as soon as possible, which saves our patients headaches in the long run. Our recommended care may include an in-depth cleaning, scaling and root planing, or, in more serious cases, oral surgery. We’ll be sure to walk you through every step of our process as clearly and comfortably as possible until you’ve regained your oral health!
At Little Smiles Dentistry, we aim to be your one-stop shop for a wide variety of dental needs, whether you’re searching for transformative cosmetic treatment, tooth loss solutions, or even gentle pediatric care for the littlest members of your family. Our team provides friendly care that’s convenient and high-quality, and you’ll find that our office atmosphere is warm and welcoming too. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment!