Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the gums – the tissue in your mouth that covers your jaw and surrounds the base of your teeth. Gum disease typically develops due to poor oral health and habits. In its more advanced stages, the signs of gum disease include sore and bleeding gums that will make it painful to eat or drink. In a worst-case scenario, you can lose your teeth.
Causes of Gum Disease
Your mouth is fighting a daily battle with bacteria. The bacteria, when combined with mucus and other food and drink residue can form plaque, a colorless and sticky film, on the teeth.
Irregular or improper brushing and flossing of the teeth can allow bacteria to flourish in your mouth and plaque to build up on your teeth and harden. If it’s not removed, plaque becomes tartar, which is impossible to clean with regular brushing. In the case of tartar buildup, you will need to have it professionally cleaned by a dentist.
Factors that increase your risk of developing gum disease include smoking, which can also slow your body’s ability to heal, making treatment efforts less effective. Other risk factors include diabetes, hormone imbalances, AIDS, and certain medications.
One scary thing about gum disease is that in its very early stages, the signs of gum disease can be easy to miss. Many people walk around unaware that they have early stage gum disease.
Some early warning signs of gum disease include:
If you feel like you have any of these warning signs, you need to have yourself checked by a dentist before it’s too late.
Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease treatment usually involves taking control of the infection and stopping its spread. The treatment method used will depend on the stage of the disease. However, as the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. With the guidance of a good dentist and good oral habits, you can prevent the development of gum disease. Your dentist will likely suggest that you avoid certain risk factors for gum disease such as smoking and cutting down on sugar consumption.
Tooth and Gum Disease Prevention in Fort Lauderdale
Gum disease is preventable. Dr. Ernie Soto will help you regain control of your oral health and help you in your battle against bacteria. Dr. Soto and his friendly staff will teach you how to better care for your teeth and gums at home. Combined with regular dental cleanings and check-ups, you should be on your way to a gum disease-free future.
If you suspect that you have early signs of gum disease, feel free to call us at (954) 368-6264 or request an appointment now. We provide prompt care in a relaxing environment in our clinic in Plantation, Florida.Early Warning Signs of Gum Disease