Often called the “silent disease” by dentists, gum disease will affect approximately 75% of American adults at some point in their lives. This can begin with a minor irritation caused by early gingivitis or become a major dental issue in the form of receding gums and gums that bleed when brushing. Gum disease is also the leading cause of tooth loss in adults!
While most patients suffering from the early stages of gum disease can be treated successfully by Dr. Richard Van Gurp at Van Gurp Dentistry in Charlotte, advanced gum disease may require more extensive treatments.
Dr. VanGurp seeks to educate his patients during preventive care visits on the early warning signs of gum disease:
- Bleeding gums
- Sore gums
- Receding gums
- Loose Teeth
- Sores in the mouth
- Changes in the fit of dentures
- Persistent bad breath
Patients in the Charlotte, NC, area who see Dr. Van Gurp will also benefit from the Medical Periodontal Risk Assessment Program that is designed to ensure that patients remain both gum and heart healthy. Dr. Van Gurp will work with a patient’s regular physician when necessary to coordinate treatment and make sure that both periodontal and cardiovascular health issues are being addressed.
Why are healthy gums important?
Dr. Van Gurp emphasizes the role that healthy gums play in our overall health. It has been found in recent studies that there is a correlation between gum disease and cardiovascular disease, including stroke. They have also found links between gum disease and diabetes. Your dental health has been proven to have an impact on overall health, and the health of your gums has a direct impact on your dental health- this is why Dr. Van Gurp takes the time to address gum disease and educate his patients on effective at-home oral hygiene.
If you have noticed any signs of gum disease, contact Dr. Van Gurp at Van Gurp Dentistry in Charlotte to schedule a consultation and restore your oral health.