Why You Should Care About Gum Disease
When was the last time you visited our office for an oral hygiene examination and cleaning? If it has been longer than six months, you are due for a visit. During these appointments, we not only clean your teeth, but we also thoroughly check for problems like tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. Gum disease is extremely prevalent because it affects more than half of American adults. Read on to learn more about this treatment to be sure you are not experiencing any of the symptoms.
Signs of Gum Disease
We encourage patients to visit our office for regular dental care. During these appointments, we are able to spot problems with your oral health, such as gum disease. Gum disease, another name for periodontal disease, is a serious gum infection that is caused by bacterial growth along the gumline and around the base of the tooth. When gum disease is left untreated, it will continue to progress and can cause serious complications such as tooth loss and deterioration of the jawbone. Patients who suffer from gum disease often do not have many warning signs to alert them to a problem. Between routine appointments in our office, it is important to be mindful of your oral health and keep track of any changes you notice. Symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Swollen or irritated gums
- Gums that are excessively red
- Bleeding gums when you brush your teeth
- Unexplained bad breath
- Gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth
- Loose or sensitive teeth
What Causes Gum Disease?
One of the most common causes of gum disease is poor oral hygiene. This occurs when patients are not brushing and flossing their teeth properly. When bacteria builds up along the base of the teeth and the gumline, it can lead to an infection. Patients should be brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Gum disease is also hereditary and is common in patients during and after pregnancy.
If you are in Bowie, MD or the surrounding area and are noticing any of the warning signs mentioned above, or if you have not visited our office within the past six months for a hygiene examination, call to schedule an appointment today. We look forward to seeing you soon!