Do you complain of-
- Food getting stuck in gaps between your teeth
- Bad breath
- Bleeding gums
- Teeth becoming mobile
- Sensitivity of teeth
All these scenarios are likely indicators of Gum Disease.
Patients often believe that they’re in the best of oral health if their teeth are “white” and “cavity-free”. What they fail to realize is that the healthiest of teeth are worthless without healthy support!
The gums and their underlying bone play a hugely important role in maintaining the teeth. Often taken for granted,the monotonous task of brushing and flossing our teeth daily has never been more important in order to avoid gum disease known as periodontal disease and the risk it places on our overall health.
Gum disease is mainly caused by bacteria from plaque and tartar build up. Other factors that have the potential to cause it include:
- Tobacco use
- Clenching or grinding your teeth
- Certainmedications and hormones
Recent studies suggest periodontal or gum disease may contribute to or be warning signs of potentially life threatening conditions such as:
- Heart Disease and Stroke
- Chronic Kidney Disease.
- Preterm Birth
Combating gum disease is easy. See a dentist regularly, and tell her if your gums feel tender, bleed or show any of the above symptoms. Gingivitis can be reversed with regular brushing & flossing and regular scaling at the dentist to remove plaque and tartar.
Often the dentist will use full mouth x-rays to evaluate gum and bone levels to determine the best route of treatment. To combat periodontitis, a dentist or periodontist may perform a deep cleaning around the teeth and below the gum lines and prescribe medication to combat the infection. If the disease has progressed to affect your gums and bone, your dentist might suggest surgery, such as a gum graft.