Periodontal disease, commonly called gum disease, is a stealthy condition responsible for most tooth loss in American adults. It sneaks up on you with few obvious symptoms in its earliest stages. Left untreated, gum disease can cause tooth and gum loss, as well as heart attack, stroke, and pregnancy complications. Let Dr. Hazim help you combat and conquer gum disease with our advanced periodontal treatments.
Although many factors contribute to gum disease, the most common is plaque. When plaque builds up on your teeth, it deteriorates the natural fibers that bond your teeth to your gums. This breakdown causes pockets to form where additional bacteria and toxins lurk. Mild cases of gum disease, called gingivitis, cause red, swollen gums and bleeding when brushing. Not all patients experience tenderness or pain with gingivitis. Without proper treatment, gum disease can ultimately destroy your gums, teeth, and even bone.
During your dental checkup, Dr. Hazim and our staff will examine your mouth for signs of gum disease and present treatment options to eradicate it. Mild cases are often relieved with proper brushing and flossing techniques, demonstrated by one of our trained hygienists. For more advanced cases, we suggest scaling and root planing to eliminate your symptoms and restore your strong, healthy gums. If your gum disease is severe, Dr. Hazim may refer you a specialist, called a periodontist, to ensure you receive appropriate periodontal treatment.
Keep your gums strong and healthy! Call Dr. Hazim today to schedule your checkup. Our Allen office is convenient to McKinney, Fairview, and the DFW Metroplex.