Gingivitis and the more serious periodontal disease can compromise your overall health. If you practice poor oral hygiene habits, brush every once in awhile, or skip the flossing, you are probably dealing with gum disease.
If left untreated gingivitis can lead to the more serious and preventable periodontal disease.
What is Gum Disease?
Bad bacteria cause gum disease. Your mouth produces thousands of bacteria every minute. A healthy mouth will be able to combat the bad bacteria. However, without proper brushing and flossing the food particles will turn into that sticky film on your teeth known as plaque.
That plaque will convert into a hard substance called tartar. Once the tartar forms between your teeth and the roots of your teeth and gum line, you are well on your way to serious gum disease. A dentist or dental hygienist can only remove tartar.
What does Gum Disease Do?
When plaque builds up on your teeth, you will notice red, swollen, and tender gums that will often bleed. If left untreated, it will develop into periodontitis. Periodontal disease pulls your gum tissue away from your teeth forming pockets that destroy the underlying bone.
Is Gum Disease Preventable?
Gum disease is preventable, even for those who have a history of gum disease. Call my Downtown dental practice for an appointment because twice yearly dental checkups, more often for those with chronic tooth and gum problems, can prevent gum disease.
If you are unsure about brushing and flossing, I can give you a few tips regarding oral hygiene. Just ask how.
Are Gingivitis and Periodontitis Curable?
Yes and no while Gingivitis is curable and can be taken care of with proper brushing and flossing, a deep cleaning may be necessary for your gingivitis.
Periodontal disease has no cure. Periodontitis can be controlled as long as you learn proper home health care. Regular deep cleaning and root planing and scaling may also be needed to control your periodontal disease.
If haven’t seen a dentist in some time, call or click and schedule a dental checkup with my Downtown Portland dental practice.
It’s never too late for a healthy mouth. Call for an appointment today.