Did you know that gum disease is one of the most common oral health issues in this country? In fact, most people either have it or will develop it sometime in their lifetime. While it might seem innocuous at first, gum disease can actually lead to serious tissue destruction and even tooth loss. Fortunately, preventing it is possible for everyone.
Gum disease begins when bacteria found in plaque in the mouth infects the gums. Initially there is only minor inflammation and redness. Gums may also bleed easily, but they don’t hurt. Because of this, many people don’t think they really have a problem. But left untreated, gum disease can eventually spread through connective tissues, loosening teeth and destroying gum material.
The best treatment for gum disease is to simply prevent it in the first place. And since its primary cause is built-up plaque, this is quite achievable. Effective oral hygiene habits, including brushing twice a day and flossing once daily, combat the formation of plaque. If there is no plaque, gum disease can’t get a foothold.
It is true that other conditions, such as illness and hormonal changes, make a person more susceptible to gum disease. But these conditions do not cause it outright. Our dentist can tell you if you are at increased risk, and can recommend additional precautions you should take.
If you have already noticed signs of gum disease, Prime Family Dental Care offers a variety of treatment options. To learn more about gum disease or schedule an appointment, please call our Laveen, AZ, office today. Your healthy mouth is our goal.