Gum Disease: Causes and Concerns

Gum Disease: Causes and Concerns

Gum disease is something we hear about often. It is also called periodontal disease. You have likely heard either of these terms from people you know and even on TV. It can be challenging to understand exactly what gum disease is and what causes it, though.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is the term used to describe an infection that occurs in the tissues around your teeth. This is when your gums become inflamed and infected because of plaque. Plaque is caused by a bunch of bacteria that forms a film that sticks to your teeth and hardens. This can irritate your gums, causing them to become inflamed.

In the early stages, this condition is called gingivitis. If it is not addressed, gingivitis will advance into gum disease. With good preventive dental care, you can avoid gum disease.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

There are several symptoms of gum disease that you should be aware of. If your gums bleed heavily while you brush, you should see your dentist. Bad breath that persists even after regular brushing or a receding gum line may also be a sign that gum disease is a concern.

Eventually, gum disease can lead to teeth that feel loose. It is also often accompanied by tender gums that are swollen and red. If you experience any of these symptoms, be sure to book an appointment with our dentist. We can evaluate your symptoms and determine the best treatment.

What can I do about it?

The best prevention methods for gum disease are brushing your teeth regularly and enjoying a healthy and well-balanced diet. By doing these things, you can stop gum disease before it starts. Should you notice any of the early symptoms of gingivitis, be sure to brush after every meal. Even without any symptoms showing, brushing twice a day will ensure that your mouth stays healthy.

If you do find that you are suffering from gingivitis or even gum disease, your dentist will have many treatment options. Most of these are non-invasive and simple ways to improve your oral health.

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