Did you know that periodontal disease is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss?
Periodontal disease occurs when bacteria in plaque build up below an above the gum line, causing an infection of the gum tissue. Taking the proper steps to protect your teeth and gums can minimize your risk of developing complex dental problems in the future.
Stages of Gum Disease
There are multiple stages of gum disease. The mildest form of gum disease is called gingivitis. Gingivitis may cause swollen, red, and easily bleeding gums; some patients may not exhibit any noticeable symptoms during this stage of gum disease. However, it is imperative that patients visit the dentist regularly for gum disease screening. When gum disease is caught during the gingivitis stage, your dentist may be able to reverse it with a through at home oral hygiene plan and/or in office dental cleanings.
When gingivitis is left untreated, it can progress to periodontitis. Periodontitis is an advanced stage of gum disease. During periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth, causing deep pockets to form. The connective tissue and bone that support the teeth begin to deteriorate. Over time the teeth will shift and may eventually fall out.
Common symptoms of gum disease
- Sores in the mouth
- Loose, shifting teeth
- Bleeding gums while brushing or flossing
- Swollen gums
- Red or tender gums
- Receding gum line
- Persistent bad breath (halitosis)
Improve Your Gum Health
Finding healthy ways to improve your overall oral health may minimize your risk of developing advanced dental issues. Adding these key tips may help improve your gum health.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day to remove plaque, debris, and bacteria from the mouth.
- Add flossing to your oral hygiene routine. Flossing helps remove plaque and debris that may be hiding between the teeth.
- Use mouthwash. Mouthwash can help reduce plaque and remove debris from the mouth.
- Schedule regular preventive care visits. We offer through gum disease screenings during every preventive care visit. If gum disease is identified, we can work with you to create a treatment solution that addresses all of your dental concerns.
Visit Our Annapolis, MD Dental Office
At Lee, Bonfiglio, Vesely, & Associates in Annapolis, MD, our team of experienced dentists can work with you to help you improve your gum and overall oral health. We are focused on long-term solutions for complex dental problems. If you are experiencing any symptoms of gum disease, we encourage you to visit our Annapolis, MD dental office. To schedule an appointment, call410.989.8298 or schedule an appointment online.