Gum disease is a scary and dangerous health condition that slowly moves in on your smile without any major symptoms or warning signs. So, you need to be extremely careful and do the best you can to prevent this disease.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, develops when the plaque on your smile continues to grow and reside on your teeth. The best way to prevent this from happening is by attending your six month checkups and allowing your dentist to scrape the plaque off the surfaces of your teeth. If you do not keep up with your checkups, the plaque will continue to grow and will begin to irritate and inflame the gums. At this point, the gums may begin to bleed every time you eat food and brush your teeth. You might also have consistent bad breath. As time passes by, the gums will begin to pull away from your teeth, exposing your tooth roots and forming large gum pockets. Then, the plaque will turn into tartar, which is a dangerous substance that will send toxins into your gum sockets and underlying bone. When this happens, the toxins begin to deteriorate the bone and connective tissue, loosening your teeth and altering your oral health. Eventually, the teeth with fall out of place, leaving you with an empty smile.
Now, if you ever experience any of these symptoms, please call our office today and schedule an appointment as soon as possible:
• Bleeding gums
• Bad breath
• Formation of deep gum pockets
• Loose teeth
• Shifting teeth
• Shifting bite
Please call our office now if you have any questions!