Gums are the tissue that surround and support your teeth. Gum disease is when this tissue becomes infected and is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. Plaque is the primary cause of gum disease, which is also called periodontal disease. Plaque (the bacteria on teeth) is constantly forming, so regular dental care is important to preventing buildup that affects the gums.
If you experiencing swollen or bleeding gums, bad breath or loose teeth, you most likely have gum disease.
Several factors can affect this condition, including smoking, chewing tobacco, pregnancy, certain illnesses and certain medications. If any of these conditions apply to you, you must be sure to brush and floss more often and have more frequent dental checkups. Dr Minasian may suggest a procedure called Deep Scaling and Root Planing. This is not a surgical procedure, is performed in the dental office in two visits and is minimally invasive. Local anesthetic is sometimes used for the patients comfort.
While periodontal disease can develop slowly, if you observe rapid loss of tissue or bone, you may have aggressive periodontitis. Consult a dentist immediately if you notice drastic changes in your mouth. However, there are not always warning signs for gum disease, which is why professional consultations and exams are so important.
Contact us today to schedule an exam so we can determine the health of your gums. Gum disease is preventable with proper care and cleaning.