Although gum disease is common in adults, most people don’t realize that they have it. They may not think that occasional bleeding gums is any big deal or that it’s normal for teeth to feel looser as they age. The truth is that both of these are indications of gum disease. Left untreated, gum disease threatens the stability of bone and eventually leads to tooth extraction. The good news is that you can take several steps to prevent this from happening.
How Does Gum Disease Develop?
Even when you brush and floss your teeth regularly, you could develop a bacteria build up that attacks healthy gum tissue. Food particles in your mouth start to break down from the saliva and eventually turn into bacteria if not removed. The problem is that they can become lodged between teeth where you can’t see them, or you simply forget to brush your teeth one night. Therefore, regular preventive care is essential. We have the equipment available to remove plaque, bacteria, and tartar from your teeth that you might not be able to get on your own.
Lifestyle habits and certain health conditions also contribute to gum disease. Diabetes is the most well-known disease affecting oral health while habits such as smoking, poor nutrition, clenching your teeth, and poor stress management play a role as well.
Common Symptoms of Gum Disease
If you notice even a few of these symptoms, please don’t ignore them. Schedule an appointment at O.C. Dental Specialists right away for an evaluation.
We look forward to helping you stay ahead of gum disease.