Gum disease is the inflammation of the gums that, left untreated, can progress to infect and damage the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. Gum disease is caused by plaque build-up in the mouth being allowed to linger too long on the teeth at the base of the gums. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, and if it is not treated it can lead to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease affects the supporting bone and fibers that hold the teeth in place, and it is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults in the United States. At Sycamore Hills Dentistry here in Fort Wayne, IN, we offer successful treatment for gum disease so that the health of your entire mouth can be restored.
Gum disease has a few indicators that make it obvious that there is a serious issue going on inside the mouth. It is important that you not ignore any of these indicators because gum disease in its earliest form can be reversed. Contact Sycamore Hills Dentistry right away if you notice any of the following symptoms in your mouth:
- Gums that are swollen or tender
- Gums that bleed easily, especially when brushing or flossing
- Receding gums that expose a larger surface area of the teeth
- Gums that have separated from the teeth
- A pocket at the base of your toot/teeth where it meets the gum line
- Pus coming from your gums
- A constant bad taste in your mouth or constant bad breath
Brushing at least twice a day and flossing on a daily basis are the best ways to prevent gum disease from occurring. However, another important aspect of your oral health care is frequent and regular visits to the dentist. Gum disease is caused by plaque that develops on the teeth. While brushing and flossing are able to control the development of plaque, only a professional dental cleaning can remove damaging plaque from the teeth. If this plaque is not removed on a regular basis, the bacteria and acids within the plaque begin to do damage to the tooth enamel and to the gums. They cause infection and deterioration that, if not treated hastily, can cause irreversible damage.
At Sycamore Hills Dentistry, we are dedicated to providing our patients with gentle and effective treatments for gum disease. If you have any signs or symptoms of gum disease, please contact our dental practice right away. We are here to help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile that will last for a lifetime.
Posted on behalf of Sycamore Hills Dentistry