When it comes to maintaining a healthy and bright smile, many people know that it is a good idea to visit their dentist to have their teeth checked. The problem is that they tend to forget about the rest of their mouth, and the fact of the matter is that your gum tissue has just as big of an impact on your oral health as your teeth. In fact, developing gum issues can quickly lead to tooth loss or infection if not swiftly cared for. That’s why at The Center for Implant and General Dentistry, we offer a variety of services designed to help educate you about the dangers of gum disease, and why you should visit us if you notice a change in your tissue.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is a chronic disease in which the gums pull away from the teeth. This can, if left untreated, lead to open “pockets” around your teeth that can then become infected. This infection can quickly ravage your gum tissue and rage beneath the surface of your teeth, causing a significant amount of damage to your teeth, your gum tissue, and your bone. In order to keep tabs on your gum health, it is important to visually examine your gums as you brush your teeth and be on the lookout for any unexpected changes.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
Gum disease happens in stages. The earliest stages result in something known as gingivitis, where the gums around your teeth simply become inflamed, sore, and bleed easily. This is the easiest stage of the disease to fight, so it is important to stay on top of changes in your mouth and your gums. If you notice that your gums are suddenly swollen and seem to bleed a lot as you brush your teeth, then you should probably make an appointment to visit us. If left untreated, gingivitis will quickly turn into full blown gum disease, which can lead to tooth and bone loss.
Is gum disease uncommon?
Gum disease is not uncommon. It would be nice if very few people developed it, of course, but unfortunately that is not the reality of the situation. While taking good care of your teeth and maintaining good oral hygiene can play a big role in preventing gum disease from forming, the truth is that anyone can end up with it. The most important thing you can do is to pay attention to your oral health and report any changes to us right away. You should also be aware that there are certain behaviors and health conditions that can increase your risk for developing gum disease. They include the following:
As you can see, the risk factors for gum disease vary wildly. It is also worth noting that diabetes and smoking are the two biggest risk factors on the list.
For more information about gum disease, including diagnosis and treatment information, contact us at (903) 858-4020 today! Our helpful and experienced staff will be happy to answer your questions.