Dentist in Kenosha, WI
Todd A. Armstrong D.D.S., S.C.
7910 39th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53142
(262) 694-7672
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Posts for: July, 2019

By Dr. Todd A. Armstrong
July 18, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Periodontal disease - or gum disease - is the most common reason for tooth loss in adults. It occurs when the tissue supporting your teeth periodontal diseasebecomes infected due to overgrowth of plaque. It can be minor or severe, and usually requires treatment from a dental professional. Dr. Todd Armstrong can be your dentist in Kenosha, WI, for periodontal disease.


Signs of periodontal disease

The American Dental Association (ADA) cites the following as symptoms of periodontal disease:

  • Swollen, red, or tender gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Constant bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
  • Gums pulling away from teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Changes in your bite

According to the ADA, it is possible to have gum disease but not show any symptoms. This is why a regular dental checkup every six months is so important for oral health.

Early stage gum disease including bleeding or swollen gums, is called gingivitis. More advanced stage gum disease is called periodontitis. This is when you may notice loose teeth or gums pulling away from teeth.


Causes of periodontal disease

There are several reasons periodontal disease may develop, including:

  • Bad oral hygiene
  • Using tobacco products
  • Some prescription medications (check with your Kenosha dentist for more information)
  • Genetics
  • During pregnancy
  • As a side effect of diabetes
  • Crooked teeth


Treatment for periodontal disease

If you notice signs of gum disease, make an appointment with your Kenosha dentist, Dr. Armstrong, as soon as possible. The sooner periodontal disease is treated, the better.

Depending on the progression and severity of the gum disease, your treatment will differ. If you visit the dentist in the early stages of gingivitis, the progression is still reversible with a professional dental cleaning and regular brushing and flossing.

After your dental appointment, many of the causes listed above can be prevented or addressed by adopting a strict oral hygiene plan, including brushing at least twice per day and flossing at least once per day.


Call your Kenosha dentist now!

If have noticed signs of gum disease or just need to schedule a regular dental appointment, call Dr. Armstrong today at (262) 694-7672.