Healthy Gums. Healthy Teeth. Healthy You.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is one of the most preventable dental health issues. Unfortunately, it still remains a prevalent cause of many oral hygiene problems. In the United States, gum disease is the primary reason for tooth loss in adults.
Periodontal disease occurs when your gum line has suffered long-term exposure to plaque. Plaque forms when the bacteria that live in your mouth are not removed by consistent brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Poor oral hygiene habits are the main reason for gum disease and tooth decay.
Once plaque is allowed to stay on the teeth, it hardens into calculus, also called tartar, which takes professional cleaning to remove. In addition, the bacteria often move into the gum line, and into the fissures and cracks of teeth, and begin to create disease and decay.
The early form of gum disease is called gingivitis. If your gums are tender, or they bleed when you brush, then it’s likely you have gingivitis. With a professional cleaning and good oral home care, you can reserve this form of gum disease.
If you don’t address the problem of gingivitis, eventually it will turn into periodontitis, which can destroy your gums, increase tooth loss, and even cause systemic issues because of bacteria that get into your bloodstream.
It’s vital to take good care of oral health to avoid gum disease, tooth decay, and other dental problems. If you think you have gum disease, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as you can.