Gum disease also called periodontitis or periodontal disease is caused by bacteria growing in the mouth. If not properly treated, gum disease can result in tooth loss from the destruction of the surrounding tissues that hold teeth in place. Gum disease is typically caused by poor brushing or flossing habits, which cause plaque to build up and harden. While improper oral hygiene is the primary cause, other factors increase your chances of developing periodontal disease. Risk factors includeꓽ
The signs of gum disease can be so subtle that millions of people don’t know they have a serious infection, that if left untreated, can result in tooth loss. However, signs of gum disease includeꓽ
Gums that bleed easily during and after brushing or while flossing Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth that will not go away Swollen or tender gums Receding gums resulting in the appearance of longer teeth Loose or shifting teeth Mouth sores Changes in the fit of partial dentures Puss between the teeth and gums Pain while eating hard foods sensitive teeth.
To properly diagnose your condition, you will need to visit a dentist. During your visit, the dentist will review your medical history to identify risk factors that may be contributing to your symptoms. Your dentist will also thoroughly examine your mouth for key indicators of gum disease, such as easy bleeding and tartar buildup.
After the examination, your dentist will formulate a treatment plan of which the main goal is controlling the infection. Your course of treatment will vary depending on the extent of periodontitis. However, whatever is prescribed by the dentist, a large part of treating the disease will require you to maintain proper daily oral habits such as brushing twice a day and flossing.
A healthy mouth is crucial for overall health and well-being. If you are looking for a capable team of dentists to help you prevent or treat gum disease, contact us at Fremaux Dental Care. Our services are designed to help you achieve the healthy smile you’ve always hoped for.