Gum Care Can Prevent Tooth Loss
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. During a routine dental exam we check for these signs of gum disease:
• Gum bleeding, swelling, firmness, and spaces between the gum and tooth
• Teeth movement and sensitivity
• Proper teeth alignment
• Receeding Gums
• Bone deterioration
About Gum Disease – Gingevitis and Periodontal Disease
Gum disease, also called gingevitis or periodontal disease, is caused by bacteria in the mouth and build up of plaque. If not properly treated, gum disease can cause tooth loss and other oral problems.
In the early stage of gingivitis, the gums become inflamed and often easily bleed during tooth brushing. Although the gums may be irritated, the teeth are still firmly in place.
When gingivitis is left untreated, it can advance to periodontal disease, where the inner layer of the gum and bone pull away from the teeth to create pockets that can become infected. This infection can spread and grow below the gum line, and break down the bone and tissue that hold teeth in place. When teeth are no longer anchored in place tooth loss occurs.
Preventive Gum Care
Proper gum care includes plaque control through professional cleanings as well as daily brushing and flossing. Brushing eliminates plaque from the surfaces of the teeth, and flossing removes food particles and plaque from in between the teeth and under the gum line.
We can also discuss lifestyle choices that patients can make to reduce the risk of gum disease.
Gum care promotes the reattachment of healthy gums to teeth. Gum care reduces gum swelling, the depth of pockets, and the risk of infection. Gum care treatment options depend on the stage of disease, how you responded to previous gum care treatments, and your overall health.
View a video about preventive gum care - Patient Education
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