Unfortunately, many people are unaware Gum Disease is an extremely common disease that can rob you of your smile and can place you at higher risk of developing other serious medical issues. Gum Disease is also commonly referred to as Periodontal Disease which used to be called Pyorrhea. Please read below some of the FAQs to learn what you can do to help prevent losing your teeth and health and how a Periodontist can help you.

The team at Periodontal Associates of Memphis wants to take this time to give you a little more information about gum disease, and answer some frequently asked questions. 


Q: Who is the best option to treat my gum disease? A dentist or periodontist?

A: Typically, it is highly recommended to have both your dentist and periodontist involved in your treatment. Working together, your dentist and periodontist will be able to properly diagnose your condition, and put together a good treatment plan. If followed, your treatment plan should restore your gums to a healthy condition.


Q: Is it possible for my child to have developed gum disease?

A: It is very uncommon for a young child, or teenager, to develop gum disease. However, this does not mean that your child or teenager shouldn’t learn the importance of proper hygiene care. Good hygiene habits are formed at a young age, and become habitual over time. If you start your child out young on a path of good habits, it will likely translate to when they are adults. 


Q: What type of health issues are associated with gum disease?

A: Gum disease can be associated with a variety of health issues. These issues include:

– diabetes

– arthritis

heart disease

– pancreatic cancer


Q: How contagious is gum disease?

A: In theory, gum disease, unlike the common cold or the flu, cannot be passed from one person to another. With this being said, however, gum disease may be able to be transferred from one person to another through their saliva. Therefore, you should avoid sharing a drink with someone, using the same utensils as someone, or using the same oral health equipment (a toothbrush) as someone, if you know they have gum disease. 

Q: What symptoms can I look for? Is gum disease very common? What are the best ways to prevent myself from developing gum disease?

A: See the video below for answer to all of these questions, and more:

(via The American Academy of Periodontology.)

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Do you live in the Memphis area? If so, and you are in need of a periodontist, we welcome you to contact us today to schedule an appointment.