Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is most commonly caused by plaque. Plaque gets trapped along the gum line. As a result, bacteria begins to form. Unfortunately, patients often discover they have gum disease after having it for a long period of time.
Therefore, the sooner you catch the problem, the better. Once you have gum disease, you must manage it for life.
Proper teeth cleaning, daily dental care, and regular dental checkups minimize your risk of gum disease. Gum disease ranges from mild (gingivitis) to moderate (periodontitis) to severe (periodontitis).
Common problems associated with gum diseases include:
- “Long” teeth (receding gum lines that expose the roots of your teeth)
- Discolored or deteriorating tooth structure
- Gum depressions (holes in between the teeth in the gum tissue)
- Infected gum line (discolored or inflamed gum tissue)
- Tooth loss or movement
- Linked to heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, osteopetrosis, lower birth weight in babies and now pancreatic cancer. The list keeps getting longer and longer.
The effects of periodontal disease can damage your dental health. However, through proper preventive care and oral hygiene, you can avoid gum disease and its associated problems.
We also offer treatments to keep your smile healthy. Please contact our office for an evaluation. Ask us about gum disease!