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You will need to play defense because your mouth always is under attack by bacteria that is destroying your tooth enamel and undermining the gum tissue and bone that support your teeth.
If your gums bleed even a little while brushing or flossing they are literally sending up a red flag that something is amiss. Don’t panic just yet. You are in good company as half of all Americans over age 30 have a periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. And there is still time to stop it in its tracks.
Gum disease starts as gingivitis, a common condition that causes your gums to swell and become irritated. But there’s good news – gingivitis is reversible. Our well-qualified dentists in Fort Lauderdale can provide advice and instructions to put you on the wellness path.
What Causes Periodontal Disease?
As bacteria in tartar and plaque spreads beneath your gum line and begins to erode tissue, it needs immediate attention.
Factors leading up to severe periodontal disease include poor dental hygiene habits, crowded or crooked teeth, unhealthy eating, smoking and use of tobacco products, aging, heredity, hormonal changes due to pregnancy, extreme stress and systemic diseases.
What Are Common Signs of Periodontal Disease?
If you are diagnosed with gum disease you must remain attentive for escalating symptoms that demonstrate progression. Be on the lookout for tender and/or bleeding gums, the recession of gum tissue, bad breath, a persistent aftertaste in your mouth, loose teeth or pus in your mouth.
If you just one of these symptoms call Galt Family Dentistry today at (954) 302-7410 for an exam and consultation.
What Are the Types of Gum Disease?
Gum disease starts as gingivitis, which is the only stage of gum disease you can reverse with strong oral hygiene at home and regular dentist visits.
If ignored, gingivitis will likely become periodontitis, a serious gum disease which makes tooth loss a possibility. Periodontitis also can impact your overall wellbeing. If your gums begin to separate from your teeth forming “pockets,” food and bacteria will collect in these holes causing damage that will need steadfast treatment and attention.
Periodontal disease in adults is the No. 1 cause of tooth extractions and tooth loss, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. To avoid the need for dental implants and dentures later in life perform due diligence on your oral health today.
How is Periodontal Disease Treated?
Regular teeth cleanings, which polishes teeth above the gum line, is helpful in eliminating gingivitis. However, if you have a more serious periodontal disease, bacteria below the gum line must be treated before there are dire consequences. An deep cleaning called scaling and root planing, performed by a hygienist at Galt Family Dentistry, will eliminate plaque and tartar from your periodontal pockets and smoothing the tooth root will remove bacteria. The dentist also may recommend an antibiotic for the infection.
Gum disease is a serious disease and should not be ignored so prepare for periodic periodontal maintenance to stop gum disease from spreading.
If you ignore your periodontal issues, your teeth will pay the price. To prevent this outcome, our dentist or a gum specialist called a periodontist may recommend techniques, such as a bone or tissue graft or give you tissue-stimulating proteins to buttress your gums.
What Can I Do at Home to Prevent Gum Disease?
For a lifetime of healthy smiles you must commit to brushing and flossing and regular dentist visits. Our dental professionals at Galt Family Dentistry are eager to assist on all fronts. Get in touch by calling (954) 302-7410 for an appointment.