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Gum disease is a common oral health issue affecting nearly 3 million Americans each year. In the earliest stage of the disease, gingivitis causes inflammation of the gums that can lead to more complicated problems if left untreated, such as gum disease.
At Alpine Dental Health, we understand the importance of having a healthy mouth at all ages. Whether you’ve recently been diagnosed or are experiencing symptoms consistent with this oral health problem, we are here to help you every step of the way.
Here’s some important information about gum disease, including causes, symptoms, and treatment options available with us. If you have any questions or concerns not listed here, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We are always happy to help and want you to feel better sooner.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, or periodontitis, is a severe infection that affects the mouth’s soft tissues. If left untreated, it can damage and destroy the bone that supports your teeth. This can lead to loose teeth or complete tooth loss.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Although common, gum disease is largely preventable with the proper precautions. The leading cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene.
In most instances, gum disease starts with plaque buildup over time.
- First, plaque forms on the teeth due to improper or inconsistent brushing and flossing.
- Second, plaque can turn into tartar under the gumline. If not removed during regular dental cleanings, it can build up. Tartar is bacteria that slowly eats away at the gumline and teeth.
- Third, untreated plaque and tartar lead to gingivitis often referred to as the mild form of gum disease. Gingivitis is irritation and inflammation of the gums directly surrounding your teeth.
- When gingivitis is not treated promptly, it can cause the tartar and plaque to form pockets of bacteria in the gums, leading to infection or periodontitis, which can cause bone loss and other oral health issues.
What are the symptoms?
Although different for everyone, there are certain signs and symptoms of periodontitis to look for, including:
- Swollen or puffy gums
- Bright red or purple gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Spitting out blood when brushing or flossing your teeth
- Bad breath
- Pus between your teeth and gums
- Loose teeth or loss of teeth
- Pain while chewing
- New spaces developing between your teeth
- A receding gum line
When to see a dentist for gum disease treatment
If you are experiencing symptoms of periodontitis, we encourage you to be seen right away. Schedule your appointment today.
The sooner you see a dentist, the better your chances are to reverse the effects of gum disease and get the proper treatment.
At Alpine Dental Health, we help encourage and educate our patients to practice good oral hygiene, including brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist for regular oral examinations and cleanings. This will mitigate your risk of gum disease and keep your dentist up-to-date with any changes in your oral health.
As always, our caring team is here to answer any questions you may have and treat you with the utmost respect and compassion.