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You will have to play hardball because your mouth always is under attack by bacteria that is destroying your tooth enamel and undermining the gum tissue and bone that support your teeth.
If your gums bleed while flossing or brushing, they are sending up a red flag that something is wrong. Don’t panic. You are in good company as half of all Americans over 30 have a periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. And thankfully there is still time to stop it in its tracks.
Gum disease begins as gingivitis, a condition that causes your gums to become inflamed and well. Now for the good news – gingivitis is reversible. Our well-qualified dentists at Towncare Dental of London Square can provide instructions to put you on path to oral wellness.
What Causes Periodontal Disease?
When bacteria begins to infiltrate your gum line and tissue begins to erode is when gum disease becomes a more serious condition and needs acute care.
Factors leading to periodontal disease include weak dental hygiene, crowded or misaligned teeth, poor nutrition, use of tobacco products including smoking, aging, genetic abnormalities, hormonal changes due to pregnancy, extreme stress and systematic diseases.
What Are Common Signs of Periodontal Disease?
If you are diagnosed with a gum disease you must remain attentive for escalating symptoms that demonstrate the disease is advancing. Be on the lookout for tender and/or bleeding gums, the recession of gum tissue, bad breath, a persistent aftertaste in your mouth and wobbly teeth in your mouth.
If these symptoms are familiar, please call Towncare Dental of London Square today at (305) 851-6464 for a consultation.
What Are the Types of Gum Disease?
Again, stay on your toes for signs of gingivitis as it is the only stage of gum disease you can reverse with strong oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist.
If ignored, gingivitis can advance into periodontitis, a serious gum disease which makes tooth loss a possibility. Periodontitis also can impact your overall health. If your gums begin to separate from your teeth forming “pockets,” food and bacteria will collect in these holes causing damage that will need steadfast treatment and attention.
Periodontal disease in adults is the No. 1 cause of tooth extractions and tooth loss, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. To avoid the need for dental implants and dentures later in life perform due diligence on your oral health today.
How is Periodontal Disease Treated?
Regular teeth cleanings, which polishes teeth above the gum line, is helpful in eliminating gingivitis. However, if you have a more serious periodontal disease, bacteria below the gum line must be treated before the situation becomes critical. A thorough cleaning that includes scaling and root planing, performed by a periodontist or hygienist at Towncare Dental of London Square, will remove plaque and tartar from your periodontal pockets and smoothing the tooth root will eliminate bacteria. You may also need to take an antibiotic.
Gum disease is a serious and shouldn’t be discounted so be aware that you’ll need frequent periodontal maintenance to stop gum disease from spreading. Another reason to nip this when it is gingivitis.
If you don’t pay attention to your periodontal issues, your teeth and gums will pay the price. To prevent this outcome, our periodontist may offer treatment such as bone or tissue grafts or give you tissue-stimulating proteins to buttress your gums.
What Can I Do at Home to Prevent Gum Disease?
To live a life of healthy smiles, you must commit to daily brushing and flossing and twice-yearly dentist visits. Our dental professionals at Towncare Dental of London Square are eager to assist you with your lifelong goals. Get in touch by calling (305) 851-6464 for an consultation.