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Periodontal disease is a common problem. Some estimates by the Center for Disease Control suggest that as many as 47.2 percent of U.S. adults 30 or older live with some form of periodontitis. Approximately 70 percent of U.S. adults 65 and older have periodontal disease. Men account for 56.4 percent of periodontal disease in the U.S., with women accounting for the other 38.4 percent.

Periodontal disease — also referred to as pyorrhea and gum disease — is an infection of the gums that can damage and destroy teeth if left untreated. The term “periodontal disease” can apply to different severities of gum disease, such as gingivitis, periodontitis, aggressive periodontitis and chronic periodontitis.

Identifying periodontal disease can be difficult because some symptoms may not manifest in early stages. Be cautious if you notice any of the following: tender gums or painful teeth-brushing, bleeding gums, loosening teeth or a change in the alignment of your bite, receding gums or teeth that look longer than normal, or mouth sores or pus around the teeth and gums. If you think you may have gum disease, ask us to examine your gums and check your risk factors.

Treatment of periodontal disease may vary with the severity of the infection, but control and reversal (where possible) are the goals of any treatment. Treatments may include deep cleaning, scaling and root planning, laser treatment, medications, bone/tissue grafts, tissue regeneration, tissue stimulation and flap surgery.

If you think you may have periodontal disease, please schedule an appointment with us now by calling us at 301.552.2662 or stopping by our office in Lanham, Maryland. Dr. Brenda E. Howard and the whole team at Blissful Dental are excited to see you!