Silence Isn’t Always Golden | Dr. Carl Larson

Welcome to AdaCare Dental & Dentures, where we’re dedicated to keeping your smile healthy and vibrant. Dr. Carl Larson and our team understand the importance of early detection and treatment of gum disease to preserve your oral and overall health.

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a progressive inflammation of the gum tissue, often caused by bacterial infection. Despite its seriousness, gum disease can quietly advance with minimal symptoms, making early detection challenging.

The primary cause of gum disease is the buildup of bacteria found in plaque between the teeth and gums. As these bacteria multiply, they can lead to inflammation and gum recession. Left untreated, gum disease can worsen, resulting in infections, bone loss, and ultimately tooth loss.

Moreover, gum disease is linked to various systemic health issues like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. That’s why maintaining excellent oral hygiene habits, such as regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, is crucial.

Understanding your risk factors for gum disease is also essential. Factors like age, tobacco use, genetics, stress, and certain medications can increase your susceptibility. Regular periodontal evaluations are advisable, especially if you have one or more risk factors.

Recognizing the warning signs of gum disease is vital, even if symptoms are minimal. These signs may include:

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Bleeding gums while brushing, flossing, or eating hard foods
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Pus between gums or teeth
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Gums receding or pulling away from teeth
  • Changes in bite or denture fit

Although gum disease can start silently, it can lead to significant damage if left untreated. While it can be effectively managed, gum disease cannot be fully cured. Protect your oral and overall health with preventive care and regular periodontal screenings.

If you have concerns about gum disease or want to schedule a periodontal screening, please contact AdaCare Dental & Dentures. Dr. Carl Larson and our team are here to help you maintain a healthy smile for life.

AdaCare Dental & Dentures
Phone: 208-996-5808
3909 E Fairview Ave Suite 150
Meridian, ID 83642