How to Prevent Gum Disease

Gum disease affects your gums, teeth, and can lead to other health problems down the road.

Gum disease is an inflammation of the soft tissue that can result in the abnormal loss of bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. It is typically caused by toxins produced by bacteria from the plaque which infects your gums and teeth. Early symptoms of gum disease include gums that bleed easily from brushing or flossing, swollen gums, bad breath, loose and very sensitive teeth.

There are three stages of gum disease which are:

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums caused by plaque build-up. Plaque is a translucent, sticky film, made of bacteria. It’s easy to remedy by correct brushing and flossing. The swelling and gum sensitivity will go away when the plaque is gone and the gums have had a chance to heal.

Periodontitis

Periodontitis is what happens to gums when gingivitis has been left alone for too long. As the plaque is left to build up, the gums simultaneously swell along the affected edge and retreat further towards the root of the teeth.

Advanced Periodontitis

Bacteria is now able to continue eating away at the tooth enamel. It also starts attacking the jaw bones, which can lead to infections and the loosening or loss of teeth.

The best way to prevent gum disease is brushing and flossing correctly, along with scheduling regular dental checkups. Another way to prevent gum disease is using an antibacterial toothpaste or mouth rinse that can kill bacteria and prevent plaque from building up inside your mouth. The key to preventing gum disease, however, is removing dental plaque which is done best by a professional.

If you are showing signs of gum disease, you should schedule a dental appointment immediately. It is vital that you catch the disease in its early stage before it becomes severe. Contact Goodman Dental Center today and schedule an appointment to get your mouth checked for gum disease.

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