Gingivitis is more common than you think. In fact, according to Timberview Dental, Gum disease is the biggest cause of tooth loss in adults. However, if you have gingivitis, you can reverse it before it develops into the more serious periodontal disease.
What causes Gum Disease?
Gingivitis is actually a bacterium that causes your gums to swell. In the first stage of gum disease, your gums well become inflamed, red and can bleed quite easily. Dr. Julie Storm or her dental hygienist can in most cases, reverse the process with professional cleanings and regular brushing and flossing.
The second stage of gum disease is known as periodontitis, which is also caused by bacteria. However, periodontal disease can cause bone loss and support if left untreated. Although severe periodontal disease can be prevented and even treated, the damage that is done can rarely be reversed.
Signs and symptoms
According to Colgate, signs or periodontal disease, just like gingivitis, includes swollen and red gums accompanied by bleeding. Pockets around your teeth may also form allowing plaque and tarter to get under your gum line. Deep pockets are associated with jawbone loss and will lead to tooth loss if not treated.
Although not all patients who have gingivitis will develop periodontitis, some factors make people more susceptible to periodontal disease than others. Obesity, uncontrolled diabetes, genetics, tobacco use, and the most common, poor oral hygiene, not only cause tooth loss, but can also increase your chance of systemic health problems and heart disease.
Brush twice and floss once each day with a soft bristled toothbrush. If you smoke quit and if you haven’t seen your dentist lately, schedule an appointment.
It’s important to remember that periodontal disease can be controlled, but is never cured. It is vital that you schedule regular professional dental cleanings to prevent problems that could bother you for the rest of your life.
If you have bleeding gums, or haven’t had a professional cleaning lately, call or click and schedule an appointment with TVF Dentistry and Dr. Julie Storm today.