Around half of all American adults have gum disease. Too often, this common disease goes undetected and untreated, leading to tooth loss. Lisa Lynch, DDS, treats gum disease at Lisa M. Lynch DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. She welcomes patients from the Midland Park, New Jersey, area who come to her for personalized care and a warm, welcoming environment. Look after your gum health and schedule an appointment today. Call the practice or use the online booking tool.
Gum disease (periodontitis) affects the soft gum tissue and the jawbone beneath. It's a progressive disease, meaning it gets worse as time goes on. If untreated, it can lead to jaw instability, loose teeth, and tooth loss.
Dr. Lynch takes the time to get to know her patients and pays close attention to their dental health. She works to catch the first signs of gum disease when it’s still in its earliest stages. Better yet, she helps you to prevent it altogether.
An alarming aspect of gum disease is that it can get worse while showing no apparent symptoms. This is why twice-yearly dental checkups are essential: you could have gum disease and not even know it.
Some symptoms commonly associated with gum disease that you should look out for include:
If you notice any of these symptoms, get in touch with Dr. Lynch to prevent your condition from getting worse.
Many people assume that poor dental hygiene alone causes gum disease. And while that is the most common reason, other things also play a part, including changes in your health, lifestyle choices, and taking some medications.
Hormonal changes, like those that happen when you’re pregnant or going through menopause, can make your gums more sensitive and vulnerable to disease and infection.
Chronic stress can weaken your immune system, putting you at risk of infection, while many medical conditions — including heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis — can trigger or speed up the onset of gum disease.
People who eat a poor diet or smoke are more likely to develop calculus (tartar), bone loss, and gum infections. This makes them more vulnerable to gum disease.
Some drugs, like antidepressants, heart medicine, steroids, and oral contraceptive pills, can raise your risk of developing gum disease and infection.
Some people are genetically inclined to get gum disease. While there’s nothing you can do to change your genes, Dr. Lynch can determine your susceptibility and help you to take preventive measures.
Untreated gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. Stay on top of your dental health when you partner with Dr. Lynch at Lisa M. Lynch DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. Call today to make an appointment or book online.