We know that diagnosing the presence of gum disease is vital for treating the issue and avoiding harmful symptoms. However, in many cases gum disease isn’t uncovered until the later stages, often as the problem progresses into periodontitis. Fortunately, there is a team of researchers making great strides in the identification of periodontal disease. Soon, dentists will be able to better diagnose people with a high-risk of developing gum disease.

The Link Between Bacteria and Gum Disease

Dr. Panos Papapanou is the division director of the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine Periodontics department. Taking a page from cancer biologists, Dr. Papapanou decided to see if the presence of certain bacterium could be an early indicator of gum disease. He studied 120 periodontal patients and found that the patients with periodontal disease had lower levels of the oral bacteria typically found around the teeth. The results were recently published in the Journal of Dental Research.

Identifying Gum Disease

How do we currently diagnose gum disease? We recommend patients always undergo routine checkups and dental cleanings twice a year. This allows a dentist to exam your teeth and gums on a regular basis, improving the odds of catching periodontal disease in the earliest stages. We also suggest being aware of the most common symptoms of gum disease, including:

  • Sore, red gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth

If you recognize one or more of these symptoms, then see your Lafayette periodontists, Dr. M. Randal Comeaux and Dr. Bryan S. Pearson, today.

About Periodontics Associates

With years of hands-on experience and focused training in surgical and non-surgical approaches to periodontal care, Dr. M. Randal Comeaux and Dr. Bryan S. Pearson provide exceptional care that places patient comfort first. We are passionate about periodontal health, and we will take the time to get to know you and discuss your condition and treatment options in detail. Contact our Lafayette, LA office at (337) 989-0267 or our Opelousas, LA satellite office at (800) 821-6503. We proudly serve patients throughout Acadiana.