Periodontal Disease | The Battle Below Your Gum Line
By Roger B. Parkes, DMD on February 20, 2017
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is not good for your oral or overall health and wellness. One thing you may not realize is that your teeth are very similar to an iceberg. That is, there is a lot beneath the surface you don’t see. Some people know how dangerous gum disease can be and some people don’t. In its early stage, gum disease is called gingivitis and causes bright red, puffy gums that may bleed when you brush or floss. If not treated, gingivitis progresses into periodontitis and causes the aforementioned symptoms, plus it can cause bone loss around your teeth.
Both gingivitis and periodontitis are caused by excessive build up of plaque and tartar on your teeth and at your gum line. When plaque and tartar are allowed to build up, they release bacteria that begin to irritate your gums. The toxins present in the bacteria often causes your gums to recede from your teeth and bone due to an inflammatory reaction. When your gums recede, they create tiny pockets that offer a place for more plaque, bacteria, and tartar to build up. If you ignore all the signs and symptoms of gum disease, and never receive treatment, you may begin experiencing tooth loss.
The best way to defend against gum disease is to take great care of your mouth. You should floss every day, brush twice per day, and use mouthwash. If you begin developing gum disease, you should seek treatment. If treated early enough, gingivitis is able to be completely healed. However, if you allow your gingivitis to progress to periodontitis, it cannot be fully healed. Regular dental check-ups are a great way to remove plaque and tartar build up that you cannot remove with a toothbrush. Additionally, during your dental check-ups, your dentist or hygienist can look for gum disease and begin treatment if necessary.
Have gum disease? The team at Periodontal Associates of Jackson is always welcoming new patients, and want to restore your teeth and gums back to health. Contact us today at our office in Jackson, MS to schedule an appointment.
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