Your Frisco and Fort Worth Dentists are Helping You in the Fight Against Gum Disease
Great oral health is linked to your overall health, so staying informed about the condition of your teeth and gums is paramount! Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection that affects the gums, membranes, and bones around the teeth.
Eventually–left unchecked–gum disease will cause bone decay, bone loss and more. Periodontal disease is a leading cause of tooth loss among adults. Most patients fear that cavities will lead to the loss of their teeth, but in fact gum disease is much more of a concern in regard to tooth loss. At DFW Family Dentistry, we are committed to the treatment and prevention of this common disease.
You May Be At Risk
A recent study found that periodontal disease, in one of its many forms, affects nearly half of U.S. adults aged 30 and older. Demonstrating the importance of watching for the warning signs of gum disease, including:
➢ Red, swollen, and tender gums
➢ Gums that bleed easily
➢ Bad breath
➢ Receding gums
➢ Change in the fit of dentures
➢ Changes in jaw alignment
➢ Loose or moving teeth
Is Gingivitis Gum Disease?
Gingivitis is a mild form of periodontal disease. It’s characterized by gum inflammation without bone loss. Gingivitis is manageable with dental treatment and good personal care. However, left untreated, it can progress to periodontitis. When this occurs, the gums may recede. The teeth can become loose and separate. More serious forms of periodontal disease are the primary cause of adult tooth loss!
How Do You Get Gum Disease?
Bacteria and other particles form a film called plaque in the mouth. Proper daily care and regular dental cleanings help to remove plaque. Though plaque buildup is a major cause of gum disease, the following factors also increase your risk:
➢ Poor daily oral hygiene
➢ Smoking and chewing tobacco
➢ Poor diet
➢ Diabetes and other illnesses
➢ Hormonal changes
➢ Certain medications
What Other Risks Should You Know About?
Substantial medical evidence suggests a strong correlation between heart disease and gum disease. Those with heart disease appear more prone to develop gum disease than others with a healthy heart. To prevent gum disease or stop its progression, you must brush and floss daily. It’s important to remember to brush behind the teeth and gums as well as in the front. If you feel like you don’t have time to floss remember that flossing–after brushing–removes as many bacterial colonies and as much debris from teeth and below the gum line as brushing alone.
We Are Here To Help You Fight Gum Disease
You also need regular cleanings by a hygienist and exams with your dentist. If you see possible symptoms of gum disease, contact one of our Frisco, Fort Worth or Grand Prairie dentist offices right away.