It may appear that dentists are hypervigilant about gum disease. The truth is, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, making it pretty darn scary — particularly since an estimated 47.2% of the population have it. If you’re confident in your gum health, then you’re off to a good start. If you’re not so sure, then be afraid. Be very afraid. We don’t want you to lose sleep, though. The Sehnert Precision Dentistry team is here to give you the facts about gum disease so you know whether you should freak out or frolic.
Throughout the day, a sticky substance known as plaque begins to form on your teeth. While regular brushing helps to remove this bacteria from the surface of your teeth, a residual amount remains, which is why flossing is necessary. If the plaque is not removed, it hardens into tartar, which can irritate the gums. Tartar is normally removed during a semi-annual dental cleaning, but if you miss out on your appointments, it can result in an infection beneath the surface of the gums.
Degrees of Gum Disease
The first sign of gum disease is red, swollen gums that may bleed while brushing of flossing. At this point, you may have gingivitis, which can be reversed. If your gingivitis goes untreated, it can develop into periodontal and advanced periodontal disease. During these stages, the gums will begin to pull from the teeth, then the teeth may shift or even become loose. Once this has happened, you can only prevent further damage.
If being toothless isn’t enough to convince you to care for your teeth, then maybe the risks associated with gum disease will bring you to your senses. Those with gum disease are more likely to experience:
- Preterm birth
- Heart disease and heart attack
Take Action Now!
If your gums are even remotely swollen, don’t put off treatment. You want to catch periodontal disease when it’s reversible, not when your teeth have started falling out. If you live in Lewisville, Texas, or the surrounding regions, call Sehnert Precision Dentistry today to schedule an appointment. We’d love to help you have both healthy gums and beautiful teeth!