Gum Disease Is One of the Top Reasons for Tooth Loss
Gum disease or periodontitis is a serious infection that can lead to permanent damage of the gums as well as tooth loss. Gum disease destroys the bone supporting your teeth, causing them to become loose and eventually fall out. What’s worse, many people who have gum disease don’t even realize it because they aren’t aware of the symptoms.
Since periodontitis isn’t always painful you may not be aware of the damage it’s causing. The key is knowing what the signs of gum disease are so you can consult with your dental professional as quickly as possible. Those symptoms are:
- Swollen, red gums
- Bleeding gums after flossing and brushing
- Sore gums
If left untreated, these symptoms may lead to more serious signs like receding gums. Once this happens things deteriorate more quickly, and it only takes a few weeks of ignoring the problem for this to happen.
Once gums begin to recede a pocket will form between the gum and teeth. This pocket fills with bacteria which over time causes further swelling, redness, and soreness. If the gums recede dramatically, it can lead to bone loss severe enough to cause tooth loss.
Preventing Gum Disease
Meticulous oral hygiene is the way to both prevent and treat gum disease. Brushing twice daily, using an antiseptic mouthwash, daily flossing, and regular dental cleaning by a professional can keep your gums healthy.
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