Did you know that three out of four teeth lost after the age of 35 are because of gum disease? For most patients, gum disease is a freighting issue, but one they don’t feel too worried about. However, even if you brush your teeth regularly, it’s important to recognize its early signs and symptoms, so your dentist can help you reverse the disease’s progression.
By definition, gum disease is an inflammation of the gums and develops in three stages: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Gingivitis is caused by a buildup of plaque close to the gums that produces toxins and cause irritations. And, if it isn’t removed daily, over time, it can continue to irritate the gum tissue and progress from gingivitis to periodontitis.
The symptoms of early gum disease or irritation include:
- Gums that bleed easily – when you brush your teeth or floss
- Red, swollen-looking gums
- Receding gums – if it looks like your gums are pulling away from the tooth
- Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
Though gum inflammation can sometimes be painless, if it progresses, it can cause serious damage to the tissue that supports your teeth, causing them to fall out. However, there are some simple steps you can take to ensure you are taking care of your teeth and prevent gum disease!
One of the biggest keys to maintaining healthy teeth is to brush and floss regularly. This simple habit can go a significant way to prevent cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues. Taking the time to properly brush and floss teeth regularly will save you time and money in the long run to prevent bigger issues. Proper nutrition and avoiding tobacco products are also important steps to take to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Finally, it’s crucial to make regular appointments with your family dental clinic so that your dentist can thoroughly remove plaque buildup with a professional cleaning. The dentists at Dakota Dental can make sure patients are educated about the signs and symptoms of gum disease. Visit Dakota Dental for your next checkup!