Understand Gum Disease with Help from Barnett Periodontics
A majority of adults in the United States suffer from some level of gum disease (also known as periodontal disease), and while symptoms may be relatively mild at first, the condition can quickly become destructive for your oral health. That’s why early diagnosis and treatment is so crucial. However, if your case of gum disease has progressed past what your general dentist can handle, we recommend that Dr. Barnett visits to provide a free consultation and possible surgical intervention that can revitalize your oral health.
What causes gum disease?
Over time, the bacteria that live in the mouth are constantly forming a sticky substance known as plaque on teeth. Practicing diligent brushing and flossing can keep your smile clean, but if plaque isn’t removed in a timely manner, it can harder and form hard deposits known as tartar that don’t respond to regular oral hygiene. The more time that plaque and tartar are left in place, the most damaging they become.
The first step of gum disease is the inflammation of your gum tissue, more commonly known as “gingivitis.” The effects of gingivitis can usually be reversed with more in-depth cleaning and no lasting ill effects. However, if it’s left untreated, it can progress to “periodontitis,” during which the gums begin to pull away from teeth and cause exposed areas to become infected. Over time, bone deterioration and tooth loss can occur.
- Hormonal Changes
- Certain medications
- Persistent Bad Breath
- Gums that bleed
- Gums that are especially tender or swollen
- Teeth that feel loose
- Teeth that appear longer
- Experiencing pain when chewing