Gum disease, often called the “silent disease” by dentists, will affect 75% of adults at some time in their lives. Daryle Mahnke, DDS of Bay City, MI offers his patients several treatment options depending on the stage and severity of their gum disease. Patients often do not realize they have gum disease until it has reached an advanced stage and has begun to damage the gums and integrity of the tooth structure.
Signs and symptoms of Gum Disease:
- Red, swollen or sore gums
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Mouth sores or pus between gums and teeth
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Changes in the fit of dentures
Dr. Mahnke educates his patients on the signs and symptoms of gum disease as well as the importance of good oral hygiene- both at home and with preventive care visits in his Bay City, MI dental office. Dr. Mahnke also seeks to make his patients aware of the various causes of gum disease so they can make lifestyle decisions that can prevent the onset of this and other dental problems.
Causes of Gum Disease:
- Smoking or tobacco use
- Genetic factors
- Pregnancy and hormonal changes in women
- Grinding or clenching of teeth
- Poor oral hygiene
- Poor nutrition, obesity or disease, such as diabetes
Gum disease has been linked in recent studies to overall health issues such as diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Mahnke of the Bay City area understands the importance of diagnosing and treating gum disease early to prevent both oral and overall health issues from arising and requiring the need for more extensive, and expensive, treatments. Twice yearly preventive care visits allow Dr. Mahnke and the staff of his Bay City dental practice to identify the early warning signs of gum disease in patients and recommend appropriate treatment.
Gum disease is also a leading cause of tooth loss in adults, a dental condition which requires restorative work to correct and can adversely affect overall oral health.
Contact Dr. Mahnke of Bay City, MI to schedule an appointment today and become on of his loyal patients who benefit from Dr. Mahnke’s experience and expertise.