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Gum Disease & Prevention

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What Is Periodontal Disease/Gum Disease?
Gum disease affects the tissues that surround and support your teeth. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by the plaque and calculus that form that is constantly forming on our teeth. The bacteria that lives in the plaque and calculus causes inflammation of the tissues and if left it deteriorates the bone and gums.

Here Are Some Warning Signs That Can Signal a Problem:
•  Gums that bleed easily
•  Red, swollen, tender gums
•  Gums that have pulled away or receded from the teeth
•  Persistent bad breath or bad taste
•  Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
•  Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
•  Pus in your gums

There are many factors that increase the risk of developing gum disease including: smoking, diabetes, genetics, diet ,and age. It is important to visit Noreen Goldwire, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry if you suspect you have gum disease because the sooner you treat it the better.

The Early Stage of Gum Disease Is Called Gingivitis
If you have gingivitis, your gums may become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by a professional cleaning at your dental office, followed by daily brushing and flossing.

Advanced Gum Disease Is Called Periodontitis
Chronic periodontitis is the loss of tissue and bone that support the teeth.Like other chronic conditions it cannot be cured but it can be controlled and maintained.

Research between systemic diseases and periodontal diseases is ongoing. Studies indicate that periodontitis is associated with several other health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and Alzheimer’s. Inflammation is probably responsible for this association. Treating periodontal disease will help manage other inflammatory conditions like diabetes.

Regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are very important. The treatment methods that our dentists diagnose will depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good dental care at home is essential for helping to keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious.
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