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Healthy teeth don’t just happen. Even as an adult, you still have to do your homework — that means daily brushing and flossing. Every day, bacteria wages war in your mouth, assaulting tooth enamel and eroding the gum and bone that keep your teeth in place.
If your gums bleed during your morning and evening brushing and flossing, your mouth is sending up a red flag – literally. You have decent company; half of all adults over age 30 in the United States have periodontal disease, also known as gum disease.
If your gums are red, swollen and inflamed it is likely you have gingivitis. The good news is that this first stage of gum disease is reversible with a committed oral health regimen, including daily brushing, flossing and regular dentist visits. Dentists at Towncare Dental of Boca Raton are eager to help put you on the path to a healthy smile.
What Causes Periodontal Disease?
When bacteria in plaque and tartar begin to infiltrate your gum line and soft tissue begins to erode, the clock starts ticking on periodontal disease going from bad to worse.
Factors contributing to this include bad oral hygiene, crowded or overlapping teeth, unhealthy eating habits, smoking and use of other tobacco products, age, family history, hormonal changes due to pregnancy or menopause, stress and systemic diseases such as diabetes or Crohn’s.
What Are Common Signs of Periodontal Disease?
If you are diagnosed with gum disease, you need to be vigilant in recognizing symptoms that show it is getting worse. Examples to look for include:
- Gums that bleed easily
- Gums receding so more tooth surface shows
- Persistent bad breath and/or aftertaste in your mouth
- Pain while chewing
- Pus between your teeth and gums.
Prompt action, including contacting our Towncare Dental of Boca Raton at (561) 430-2078 for an appointment, will minimize damage to your teeth and gums.
What Are the Types of Gum Disease?
Remain cognizant of signs of gingivitis and reverse it with a vigorous oral hygiene regimen and regular visits to the dentist.
Ignoring the problem could lead to a more chronic illness – periodontitis – a serious gum disease that could end in tooth loss or affect your overall health.
A major symptom of periodontitis is when gums to separate from your teeth, forming “pockets” that fill with tartar, plaque and bacteria. These infections can exacerbate tissue and bone loss in your mouth causing your teeth to become lose or fall out. Dental organizations cite gum disease as leading cause for tooth loss in adults.
How is Periodontal Disease Treated?
Professional “prophylaxis” teeth cleanings, that polish teeth above the gum line, are key in reversing gingivitis. If you have a more serious periodontal disease, bacteria below the gum line should be treated aggressively to keep your mouth healthy.
Techniques used to treat your periodontitis include scaling and planing, which removes infection and debris from your periodontal pockets and smooths the tooth root to make it difficult for bacteria to accumulate. Your periodontist also may prescribe an antibiotic or medicinal mouth rinse.
More frequent periodontal maintenance also may be needed to ensure your mouth doesn’t pay the price for poor dental hygiene habits.
Also, to shore up compromised teeth, a specialist may suggest bone or tissue grafts or apply a tissue-stimulating protein to prompt growth of bone and gums. Only if damage is severe will gum surgery be needed.
What Can I Do at Home to Prevent Gum Disease?
Our well-qualified dental professionals want to help your smile be all it can be. Call Towncare Dental of Boca Raton at (561) 430-2078 for an exam and consultation.