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Throughout the years of our dental practice, we have noticed that most people have the beginnings of gum disease. If you find that your gums bleed easily or appear red and swollen, you likely have gum disease already. Other signs are receding gums, bad breath, and loose teeth.
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is caused by a sticky film of bacteria on teeth and gums called plaque that then hardens to calculus or tartar. For about 95 percent of Americans, gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease indicated by inflammation of the gum tissue, is present before developing more serious problems.
Fortunately, recognizing gingivitis gives us the chance to avoid the advanced stage of periodontal disease. This late stage can include the loss of teeth if not addressed. It can be a painful and costly condition to resolve. Gingivitis is reversible, while late stage periodontal disease is not.
You can prevent gum disease by reducing the amount of bacteria in the mouth through proper brushing, careful flossing, and professional cleanings. We have helped thousands of patients to healthier mouths by identifying, treating, and managing gum disease.
Not only is addressing gum disease crucial for your mouth, but researchers are also learning gum disease can affect our total health. Studies have found correlations between high levels of bacteria in the mouth and serious problems such as heart disease, stoke, cancer, diabetes, and low birth weight babies.
We have experience helping patients from the early to very late stages of gum disease. Schedule an appointment with us today. Together let’s work to ensure you and your family enjoy a healthy and disease-free mouth for life.