Gum Disease and it’s Affects on Your Health
Gum disease affects three out of four people at some point in their lives and is the overall leading cause of tooth loss in adults, but here at Premier Dentistry of Jupiter we can successfully treat it if detected early. Unfortunately, despite the overwhelming availability of great dental care, far too many people continue to ignore their oral health.
What is gum disease?
The earliest stages of gum disease are gingivitis, characterized by swollen red gums that become inflamed and bleed easily. There is very little discomfort at this stage, but danger lurks. If left untreated this condition turns into a more advanced form of periodontal disease that can progress to periodontitis, where there is irreversible damage to the gums and structures to the supporting teeth.
What causes gum disease?
The major cause of gum disease is a bacterial layer, which is a sticky colorless film constantly forming and adheres around the teeth. Daily cleaning is essential to remove plaque and keep your mouth healthy. If the plaque is not removed, it will harden inside the rough and porous parts of the tooth. This is called tartar. Toxins produced by the bacteria in plaque irritate the gums, and as the disease progresses, pockets begin to form which make it easier for the bacteria to hide and multiply. Unless promptly treated, the affected teeth may become loose and eventually fall out.
What are the signs of gum disease?
There are many signs of periodontal disease. It is important to visit us at Premier Dentistry of Jupiter if you notice any of the following symptoms:
• Bleeding gums
• Red, swollen and tender gums
• Loose teeth and gums
• Persistent bad breath
• Pus between teeth and gums
• Loose teeth or that they are separating
• Changes in your bite
However, it is possible to have periodontal disease without noticing many of these signs. Many people do not feel any pain, and so often, the disease goes unnoticed.
How can I prevent gum disease?
Everyone plays a vital role in preventing gum disease. To keep your teeth throughout life, it is necessary to remove plaque with frequent brushing and flossing. Keep in mind only a dentist can remove the hardened calculations which have been formed in hard-to-reach places where your toothbrush and floss cannot reach. Thus, regular dental checkups are important.
Other dental methods may be necessary in the treatment of periodontal disease, depending on the conditions of the mouth, and some can be complicated, especially when there is an exaggerated neglect of oral hygiene. The education and experience of Dr. Casel and Dr. Williams allow them to handle many types of gum disease. Whatever your treatment plan the main objective will always be to restore oral health and help maintain it.