Did you know that according to studies from the Centers for Disease Control, half of adults over the age of 30 suffer from some form of gum disease? However, you can still take steps to prevent the onset of periodontal issues. In today’s blog, we’re going to discuss preventing the onset of gum problems.
What Causes Gum Issues?
When inflammation occurs, patients can suffer the onset of gingivitis. Eventually, gingivitis that remains untreated can grow worse until the gums begin to pull away from the teeth, forming pockets at the gum line. As bacteria invade these pockets, gum disease develops. The initial causes of gingivitis can often be traced back to smoking or tobacco use, family history of gum issues, and in most cases, poor oral hygiene allowing plaque to accumulate and inflame the gingival tissue.
Signs You Need to See Us
You may consider making an appointment for a diagnosis if you notice any changes to your gum tissue. Patients with inflammation often encounter soreness, redness, or bleeding when brushing and flossing. We urge you to seek treatment, as the issue will only grow worse. In fact, when gum disease reaches the advanced stage, also known as periodontitis, the connective tissues between your teeth and gums can begin to dissolve. Teeth then become loose and eventually, lost. Untreated gum disease is actually the main cause of adult tooth loss.
If we see you in time, we can reverse gingivitis. Once periodontal disease forms, we can’t cure it, but we can manage it to prevent the onset of periodontitis. First, we recommend brushing your teeth twice a day, when you wake and again before you bed. You also need to floss every night before going to sleep. These actions help reduce the severity of plaque buildup by removing the food particles that bacteria feed on. You also need to have your teeth cleaned every six months. A cleaning is the only way to completely remove plaque from your smile.
Do You Need Treatment for Gum Disease?
We can help you treat periodontal disease and prevent the onset of common gum issues. You can schedule an appointment with Munilla Dental in Southlake, TX by calling 817-379-1200.