Tooth decay is not the only thing that leads to loss of teeth. Severe gum disease can also affect your teeth causing them to become loose and possibly even fall out. However, this does not need to be the case as gum disease, particularly in its earliest stages, is easily treatable.
Regular general dentistry treatments are your best defense against gum disease. At your checkup, if signs of gum disease are present, immediate action can take place to get it under control. Treatment in its early stages usually consists of a thorough cleaning of the teeth, measuring of the gums to see how advanced the disease actually is and prescribed home care treatment. You may need to use a special mouthwash and/or toothpaste until the issue is cleared up completely.
Gum disease begins when plaque, a clear sticky film, adheres to teeth. Good brushing and flossing generally remove most plaque, however, it can build up in hard to reach areas. People who do not have a regular brushing and flossing regime are more likely to develop gum disease. As the plaque builds up it turns into a hard substance sometimes called tartar or calculus. This substance builds up around the base of the crowns of the teeth and gum line pushing the gums away from the teeth. Pockets begin forming where food particles can become trapped adding to the problem.
Bright pink or red puffy or inflamed gums are a good indication that gum disease is present. The gums may begin to bleed from time to time when you brush or floss your teeth. Infection begins in the gums and if left untreated, a mild case of gingivitis, or gum disease, can turn into periodontal disease and cause serious problems for your health and teeth.
Regular dental checkups at West Houston Dentistry along with a good cleaning from your hygienist will keep this insidious oral disease from causing you any trouble. If you are already experiencing the symptoms of gum disease, contact us today and make your appointment to get back on the road to oral health.