Fight the Fine Fight!
There’s a disease about 80% of us have and we might not even be aware of it. It’s a sneaky condition that starts out seemingly harmless, but left untreated it can destroy your mouth and dental health. What is it? It’s gum disease — a major cause of tooth loss among adults.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease or gingivitis starts when plaque, the bacterial film that coats enamel, is deposited on teeth and along the gum line. If ignored through lack of brushing and flossing, plaque forms into the harder substance called calculus and it’s then difficult to remove without help from a dental professional. When plaque and calculus then begin to irritate gum tissue, your gum disease is called gingivitis. Once gum pockets grow deeper because of decay and recession, this is periodontitis. After this stage, left untreated, the tooth roots become infected and teeth eventually need to be extracted. In severe cases, the jawbone also becomes diseased, causing pain and serious damage.
Can I Blame My Genes?
As we discussed in the last post, genetics possibly plays a part in our oral health. But does that mean we are doomed to lose the war against gum disease? Never! Gum disease is preventable, even if you are genetically inclined to experience this complication. With regular home oral care and communication with our Sacramento dentists, it’s possible to have excellent dental health. The Sacramento Dentistry Group recommends extra cleanings for our patients who need more care to win the gum disease war. Most patients come in every six months for exams and cleanings, but some patients require cleanings every four to three months.
Warning Signs of Gum Disease
If you are worried you might have gum disease, here are some warning signs:
- Red, swollen or sensitive gums
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
- Gum recession
- Large gum pockets surrounding the teeth
- Teeth that feel loose
- Consistently bad breath
- A change in the fit of partial dentures or bridges
The Sacramento Dentistry Group helps patients every day to win the war against gum disease. We can help you too! Start with making an appointment today for an exam and cleaning. We are happy to answer all your oral health questions and provide the best treatment dental medicine has to offer.