When the gingival tissues which support your teeth experience irritation and inflammation, gum disease begins. This inflammation is the result of plaque which creates a bacterial infection and causes deep pockets between your teeth and gums to form.
Although most people with gum disease are in their 40s, it is possible to show signs of this condition while you are in your 20s or early 30s. Certain risk factors such as smoking, stress, diabetes, pregnancy, and menopause may increase your risk for developing gum disease. If you are approaching age 40 and you have been negligent in your flossing and brushes, you may find that you have to take the necessary steps to get your gums in healthy condition. Before thinking about getting adult Invisalign or braces it is best to get your gums into a “proper working condition.”
If you are in your 20s and early 30s and have gum disease, know that early treatment is important. By treating gum disease early, you can prevent the infection from progressing and protect your gums and jawbone. This will save you a lot of time, money and stress as you age into your 40s and 50s.
Once you notice common symptoms such as chewing challenges, swollen gums, bad breath, loose teeth, or bleeding gums, it’s imperative that you visit Mile High Smiles right away. We have an office convenient in Lakewood, Colorado so no matter where you live in the Denver area, we can assist you in your dental needs.
Dr. Brian Levitin will evaluate your condition and most likely recommend a treatment known as scaling and root planting.
During this treatment, he will scrape off the plaque from above and below your gum line and remove rough areas that surround the roots of your teeth. In addition, he may prescribe certain medications and procedures like a bone graft or flap surgery. Your condition and lifestyle will all play a role in the particular treatment Dr. Levitin recommends.
Contact Mile High Smiles Today
If you are in your 20s or early 30s and showing any signs of gum disease, we encourage you to schedule an appointment at Mile High Smiles. Call us today at 303-232-1830.