What are the signs of gum disease?

May 29, 2023

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Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease begins small but gradually worsens over time. The primary cause is bacteria found in dental plaque, which inflames and eventually infects your gum tissues. If left untreated, gum disease can cause your gum tissue to pull away from your teeth, resulting in lost bone density and tooth loss due to gum tissue recession.

Gum Disease Facts

According to the CDC, periodontal disease and tooth decay are the two biggest threats to a person’s oral health.

  • 47.2% of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease
  • Increases with age – 70.1% of adults 65 years and older battle periodontal disease
  • More common in men than women (56.4% vs. 38.4%)
  • More common in people living below the federal poverty level (65.4%)
  • More common in current smokers (64.2%)

Gingivitis vs. Periodontitis

The early stage of gum disease, or gingivitis, is relatively easy to remedy, and prevention is the best approach. If you already have gingivitis, taking steps early to combat it before it progresses and destroys vital gum tissue is critical. This is where your routine dental visits to Dentique Dental Care can make all the difference. During your dental exams, we can detect gum disease in its early stages, and we can help you reverse it.

When actively preventing gum disease, it’s essential to be aware of the warning signs:

  • Bad breath or a persistent foul taste in the mouth
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Pain when chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Teeth that are sensitive to hot and cold
  • Noticeable gum tissue pulling away from your teeth
  • Changes in your bite (how your teeth come together)
  • Changes in the fit of partial dentures

Preventing Gum Disease

  • Brush teeth twice a day or after every meal.
  • Use an electric toothbrush.
  • Use a soft or extra-soft bristled toothbrush head.
  • Change your toothbrush every three months.
  • Floss every day.
  • Use a recommended mouthwash.
  • Visit Dentique Dental Care annually.
  • Don’t smoke (or chew tobacco).
  • Limit sugary foods and beverages.

Treating Gum Disease

The treatment for gum disease depends on the stage it is in. We at Dentique Dental Care may recommend extra professional dental cleanings, boosting your at-home hygiene routine, taking antibiotics, having deep cleanings, or even gum surgery. Our goal is to help you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile with strong teeth and gums. If you suspect gum disease, we urge you to give Dentique Dental Care a call and let us help.

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