Dental Mirror

How do I know if I have gum disease?

Periodontal (gum) disease is often silent and asymptomatic in the early stages. Often, the first sign of trouble is that bleeding occurs when eating or cleaning the teeth. Healthy gums appear pink and hug the teeth snugly. As infection develops, gums become inflamed and loose around the teeth. These pockets create a harbor for bacteria, which makes the problem worse.

As part of the comprehensive dentistry we provide, our dentists perform routine periodontal evaluations in our Hong Kong dental office by measuring the depth between the teeth and gums.

Once our dentists determine if gum disease is present, they will customize a treatment plan to help gums heal. A commitment to improved home care on the part of patients combined with professional dental cleanings can help patients enjoy improved oral health and greater comfort.

Any inflammatory disease, such as an infection, within the body puts overall health at greater risk. Gum disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Improving the health of the mouth can improve overall wellness and whole-body health.

If you have questions about the repercussion of oral conditions and their effect of the body, we invite you to arrange a consultation with one of our dentists at Dr. William Cheung & Associates.

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