What is Gum Disease?

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, also known as Periodontal Disease, is a relatively painless infection of the tissues in your mouth that surround your teeth. This is considered to be one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults.

Factors That Can Increase Your Risk Of Gum Disease Are:

•    Poor Oral Hygiene
•    Genetics
•    Diabetes
•    Certain Medications
•    Smoking
•    Teeth That Are Hard To Keep Clean

 First Sign of Gum Disease: Gingivitis

The first sign of gum disease is called gingivitis. Gingivitis occurs when plaque and tartar have remained on the teeth for a couple of days and irritate the gingiva.  If your gums are red, swollen and bleed easily those are signs of gingivitis. This can be reversed through visiting your dentist office for a dental cleaning and daily brushing and flossing.

Advanced Stage of Gum Disease: Periodontitis

Chronic periodntitis affects 47.2% of adults over 30.  This is caused by inflammation that can lead to pocket development between the gums and teeth the longer that plaque and tartar remain on the teeth. Signs of this can be swollen & tender gums, gums that recede from the teeth, loose teeth and if tooth alignment has changed. It is a good time to see the dentist if your gums are puffy, bleed easily and are dusky red.

If you are suffering from gum disease call one of our dentists today for an appointment!
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