Overtime, plaque – a sticky material made of bacteria, mucus, and food debris – builds up in your mouth. If not alleviated, this plaque eventually turns into hard deposits called tartar, becoming trapped at the base of the teeth and irritating the gums. This could lead to the inflammation and infection of the tissue in your mouth, known as Gingivitis, also commonly referred to as gum disease or periodontal disease.
If not treated, Gingivitis can eventually result in the destruction of the tissue that surrounds your teeth.
Causes of Gum Disease
While plaque buildup is the primary culprit behind Gingivitis, other factors can contribute, including:
- Hormonal changes
- Poor Oral Hygiene
Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease
- Bleeding gums
- Red or tender gums
- Swollen gums
- Persistent bad breath
- A bad taste in the mouth
- Receding gums
- Deep pockets between the teeth and gums
- Loose / shifting teeth
Gum Disease Treatment
Your treatment options are dictated by the stage of Gingivitis. Options range from nonsurgical therapies that control bacterial growth to surgery to restore supportive tissues. However, your best defense against gum disease is prevention!
Gum Disease Prevention Tips
- Regular Brushing and Flossing: Brushing eliminates plaque from the surfaces of the teeth while flossing removes food particles and plaque from in between the teeth and under the gum line.
- Mouth Wash: Antibacterial mouth wash can reduce bacteria in the mouth that cause plaque and gum disease
- Dental Checkups and Cleanings: During a dental checkup and cleaning, your dentist or dental hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums. Your dentist / hygienist will also look for the warning signs of gingivitis and advice you on how to proceed.
The Importance of Regular Dental Checkups
Even if you do everything right, you may still be susceptible to Gingivitis. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, 30% of Americans are genetically predisposed to gum disease. Because of this, regular dental visits are incredibly important to help monitor your oral health and spot the signs of Gingivitis before they become severe.
If you have any questions about Gingivitis / Gum Disease / Periodontal Disease or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Annapolis Dental Care by calling (410) 267-0766 or visit AnnapolisDentalCare.com today!
For over 20 years, Dr. Steckler and his team have been practicing comprehensive Family Dental Care. Our outstanding staff is devoted to caring for your oral situation and will ensure your dental visit is an enjoyable one, focusing on total patient comfort. We are motivated to offer cutting edge dentistry techniques and processes. Our committed staff will guide you in your pursuit of the perfect smile.
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