Gum disease is also known as, Periodontal Disease. Gum Disease is an infection in the gums. It can progress to the bone if it is not treated. Gum disease is one of the top reasons for tooth loss in adults. It is virtually pain free; many patients do not know they have the disease. A key sign of Gum Disease is your gums bleeding when you floss. During a hygiene appointment, the hygienist will check for signs of this disease. They measure the depth of pockets that form when your gums are not next to your teeth.
What causes gum disease?
Gum disease is caused by plaque building up. If this Plaque is not removed, it will spread and create toxins. These can damage the gums. Gum disease forms just beneath the gum line creating pockets. These pockets are created because the gums are no longer touching the tooth. These pockets will hold and trap food & other debris.
Gum disease has two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis.
Periodontitis has now been linked to a variety of other systemic health concerns including:
These factors can increase your risk of developing gum disease:
It is possible to have gum disease and not know it. Do you have some of these symptoms?
Our Standard of Care Includes:
We encourage our patients to use an electric toothbrush, a Water Pik (water flossing device), with an antiseptic mouth rinse, Perioguard daily.
Preventing gum disease
Regular dental checkups and an examination of your gums are important for maintaining the health of your body’s different systems and keeping a healthy smile.
You don’t have to lose teeth to show signs of gum disease. If you practice good oral hygiene at home, you will reduce your chances of ever getting it. You should brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily or after every meal, eat a balanced diet, and schedule dental cleaning to help keep your smile healthy. Gum Disease is a VERY SERIOUS & PREVENTABLE problem. If your gums are diseased; that disease gets into your body every time you swallow. It can cause SEVERE HEALTH issues; including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, premature births and even a miscarriage.
Please make an appointment today; the earlier it is treated, the better off you will be.