Regular dental cleaning and check-ups are important in maintaining good dental health.
There aren’t a lot of noticeable warning signs; there are signs that are usually overlooked. For example, bleeding on brushing. So what exactly is gum disease? Having a great smile isn’t just about healthy sparkling teeth, you also need healthy gums! If your gums aren’t healthy your teeth are at risk.
Understanding Gum Disease
The effects of gum disease (also called periodontal disease) can be very damaging to your oral health and your overall health. Gum disease is caused by a build up of plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth. If the plaque remains on your teeth, it can cause your gums to pull away from your teeth and form pockets. Plaque can also harden into tartar (calculus) along and under your gums.
Gum disease is an infection that comes from a buildup of bacteria on the teeth. If left untreated, it can cause gum recession, bone and/or tooth loss.. Patients that are at risk for gum disease need to be especially diligent about brushing and flossing regularly.
Signs of Periodontal Disease
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Bleeding while brushing or flossing
- Receding gums (gums that are pulling away from the teeth)
- Loose teeth
- Sores in your mouth
- Persistent bad breath
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite