At Romeoville Dental Center, we’re not just concerned with the health of your teeth. Our team provides comprehensive care for your entire mouth, including your gums, to keep your smile healthy and bright. Today, we want to talk about periodontal disease, one of the more serious dental conditions that exists.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, has three stages: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Gum disease occurs when plaque (a clear, sticky film of bacteria that grows on your teeth) builds up between your gums and your teeth. This leads to inflamed gums that bleed easily, feel tender, and appear red. Irritated gums also pull away from your teeth, creating pockets in which bacteria can further accumulate, causing infection. Your gums anchor and protect your teeth, so when gums become diseased it can lead to tooth loss and bone loss. Gum disease also can contribute to bad breath, acne, and systemic health issues, such as heart disease and pneumonia.
How Can You Prevent Periodontal Disease?
The good news is that periodontal disease is preventable and, if caught early, can be reversed. Like many dental conditions, you can reduce your risk of developing gum disease with good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time, floss every day, and visit our office every six months for cleanings and exams with our expert team. Apart from good preventive care, other factors like smoking, diabetes, and genetics can affect your risk for developing gum disease.
We Can Check Your Gum Health!
During your at-home oral care routine, keep an eye out for indicators of gum disease like red or swollen gums, chronic bad breath, and loose or sensitive teeth. If you notice that your gums seem to be receding from your teeth, this can be another warning sign of gum disease – or just a sign that you’re brushing too vigorously. Regardless, if you notice a change in your gums, notify our office. At your checkup, our team can help you determine whether it is cause for concern. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment!