Taking care of your mouth is essential for keeping it happy and healthy. The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day. In addition to these daily habits, it is also recommended that you have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined every 6 months. Ignoring these habits, even every once in a while, can greatly increase your chances of developing serious complications, including gum disease. If you do develop gum disease, Raptou Family Dental can help.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a condition that results from a bacterial infection in your mouth. Plaque and bacteria, both of which accumulate on the surfaces of your teeth, irritate your sensitive gum tissue. This irritation triggers an inflammatory response from your immune system, causing the tissue to swell.
Over time, the swollen tissue begins to pull away from your teeth, leading to the formation of pockets, or periodontal pockets. Bacteria begin to accumulate in these pockets, continuing to irritate your gums from the inside. The pockets grow deeper and deeper. Eventually, bacteria reach your periodontal ligaments and jawbone. These supporting structures become weak, compromising the stability of your teeth. Ultimately, gum disease can result in tooth loss.
What are the Risk Factors for Gum Disease?
There are many factors that can increase your risk of developing gum disease. These factors include:
Symptoms of Gum Disease
There are many symptoms that can point toward gum disease. The symptoms you experience vary based on how advanced the condition is when you notice them. Symptoms include:
How is Gum Disease Treated?
There are several different treatments for gum disease. The type of treatment you receive will depend upon how advanced the disease is. With a thorough oral exam, we can determine the severity of your gum disease and therefore determine what treatment will provide you with the best results. Treatments include:
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Treating gum disease is essential for stopping the progression of the disease and restoring the health of your mouth. If you suspect that you have gum disease, contact Raptou Family Dental today at (614) 427-0449 to schedule your appointment.