Do I have Gum Disease?
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Gum disease is both common and easily preventable. Our mouths are full of bacteria that turns into plaque, which can cause damage to our teeth and gums. You can prevent gum disease by brushing and flossing daily, visiting your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups and not smoking. Smoking is a significant risk factor for gum disease. But how can you tell if you already have gum disease?
If your teeth are red, swollen, and bleed easily, you may have gingivitis. Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums caused by plaque build up on and around the teeth. Though it can cause your teeth to bleed, gingivitis does cause irreversible bone damage. However, if left untreated, it can lead to periodontitis.
Periodontitis causes the bone and tissue to pull away from the teeth creating “pockets” that collect bacteria and become infected. If left untreated, teeth can become loose and may have to be pulled.
Here are symptoms to be alert for:
· Tender or bleeding gums
· Bad breath that doesn’t go away
· Painful chewing
· Loose or sensitive teeth
· Receding gums
If you are experiencing these symptoms, contact our office. One of our dentists will examine your teeth to determine if you have gingivitis or periodontitis and lay out a plan to restore your dental health. Let us put your mind, and your mouth, at ease.
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