What is gum disease?
Gum disease or periodontal disease (also referred to as gingivitis) is the number one cause of tooth loss today. Gum disease causes tooth loss because it’s an infection that attacks your gums and the bones that hold your teeth in place.
Over time, the bone disintegrates, pulling away from your teeth and causing the teeth to become loose. Without treatment, you may even lose the teeth.
People of all ages can get gum disease, which is caused by plaque that’s allowed to sit on the teeth. If you don’t remove plaque every day when brushing and flossing, it will form tartar (calculus), which is the breeding ground for the germs and bacteria that lead to periodontal disease.
If you have gum disease, one of the first signs you’ll probably notice is bleeding gums. Also, gums that feel tender or look puffy and red are also a sign that gum disease is present.
Unfortunately, one of the problems with gum disease is that it can advance to severe stages without presenting any symptoms at all. This is why routine exams and cleanings are crucial – they’re the best way to catch gum disease in its early stages before too much damage has been done.
Gum disease won’t go away by itself or by simply stepping up your at-home oral hygiene. The only way that plaque can be removed from deep under the gums is with routine professional dental cleanings.
Once you’ve had a problem with gum disease, you’ll always be susceptible to recurring problems. Please call our Glendale View Dental office so we can perform a thorough exam and cleaning to prevent and treat gum disease.