Gum disease is a common problem among adults in the U.S. and can range from basic inflammation to more serious disease that threatens tissue and bone. Extreme cases of gum disease can result in tooth loss. Treatment for gum disease begins with addressing the root cause with general dental care, which is primarily bacteria.
Much of the fight against gum disease starts with good personal dental hygiene. Regular brushing with a fluoride-based toothpaste coupled with flossing removes much of the bacteria that promotes the build-up of plaque on the teeth which leads to gum disease. Smoke cessation and regular visits to your dentist also contribute to the reduction of mouth bacteria that cause gum disease.
Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease
The main cause of gum disease is plaque, a sticky deposit on your teeth composed of bacterial growth. As these bacteria build up, they can gradually destroy tooth tissue and lead to oral problems such as gingivitis and periodontitis. Prevention of these symptoms requires regular brushing and professional cleaning by your dentist to remove this plaque.
Don't wait for visible signs of gum disease before scheduling an office visit with your dentist. In most cases, it requires an office exam to see the onset of gum disease below the gum lines and beyond the reach of your toothbrush or floss. If you do notice signs such as bleeding or swelling however, you should schedule a visit as soon as possible for your dentist to assess the cause.
Contact Avalon Dental Group today for an appointment to reduce the chance of contracting gum disease. Our ultrasonic cleaning and scaling treatment will reduce the buildup of plaque on your teeth and prevent the possibility of contracting gum disease.