Gum disease is one of the most common oral health issues in America and more than 50% of American adults suffer from gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. If you suspect you may have gum disease, Dr. Babb of Pineville Family Dentistry will assess your teeth and gums, and address any issues with periodontal care.
Gum disease is caused by oral bacteria attacking the soft tissues of your gums. If you do not brush and floss your teeth properly, bacteria will build up into a clear, sticky substance known as “plaque.” This plaque can build up around your gums and teeth and will eventually harden into “tartar” (also sometimes called “calculus”).
The bacteria in plaque and tartar can infect your gums, leading to inflammation and discomfort. If left untreated, this can result in permanent damage. Periodontal care, such as deep cleaning (scaling & root planing) is usually required to eliminate these bacteria. The best way to prevent gum disease is to brush your teeth properly at least twice per day, floss once per day, and see a dentist like Dr. Babb every 6 months for preventive care.
There are many different signs and symptoms you should be on the lookout for if you think you may have gum disease. The first stage of the disease, called “gingivitis” usually involves the following symptoms:
If you do not get treatment in time, your gingivitis may progress into a more serious case of gum disease, resulting in symptoms like:
If you’re in Beausheen, Legacy Loop, or Richfield and you notice any of the above signs and symptoms, come into Pineville Family Dentistry for periodontal care right away.
Gingivitis is the term used to refer to the very first stage of gum disease. The primary way in which gingivitis is distinct from the later stages of gum disease is that it causes no permanent damage to your teeth, gums, and jaw bone. With proper care, gingivitis can be completely reversed and eliminated.
In contrast, more advanced cases of gum disease can never be completely eliminated. That’s why it’s so important to get help as soon as you recognize the signs and symptoms of gingivitis. If you get treatment early, you can prevent it from progressing and completely restore your smile.