If you think that you might have gum disease, you’re not alone. In the U.S., many adults have some form of this condition. You could have gingivitis, which is a mild form of gum inflammation to more severe stages of periodontitis. Your teeth were meant to last you a lifetime. If you’re not careful and let this condition progress, you could lose your teeth.
Gingivitis is easily reversible with treatment, good oral hygiene of daily flossing, brushing, and regular teeth cleanings by your dentist. Unfortunately, if left unchecked, gingivitis will progress to periodontitis. This causes the gums to literally pull away and separate from the teeth forming deep pockets that can become infected. These infected pockets can affect the connective tissue, bones and gums that support your teeth.
How Gum Disease Affects Your Teeth
Every day your teeth and gums become covered by a sticky layer of plaque containing bacteria. Plaque builds up after you eat and drink, particularly after choosing foods that are high in sugars or carbohydrates as these are used by bacteria as an energy source.
Unless you thoroughly remove plaque by brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day to make gum disease prevention effective, there is a risk it can harden into tartar.
This is a much harder substance that can only be removed by having your teeth professionally cleaned and when it stays on your teeth it is able to release toxins that inflame and infect your gums.
Gingivitis, gum disease, periodontitis
In the initial stages which are called gingivitis, gum disease will just infect and inflame your gum tissue and will begin to gradually destroy it. If not caught at this early stage, gingivitis can develop into a very serious condition called periodontitis.
This not only affects the gums but also the underlying structures surrounding your teeth that include the ligaments and bone. As these structures are destroyed, teeth gradually become loose.
Prevent Gum Disease With Regular Dental Visits
Even if you take great care of your teeth, it’s still critical that you regularly visit your dentist for checkups. There have been studies that have shown that gum disease can be genetic. All the brushing and flossing might not be enough to prevent the condition. Don’t take this chance with your teeth.
At Midtown Dental Group, our first choice is to always save and restore your natural teeth. We offer state of the art laser technology to effectively treat any form of gum disease. Lasers make each procedure highly effective and very comfortable.
There’s really no reason to put off an examination and treatment anymore. We are concerned about your gum and teeth health. We have the experience and education to give you only the very best results.
Our professional staff will gladly help you, provide you more information and schedule an appointment for you with one of our doctors. You are really in very good hands, so don’t delay any longer and give us a call today.