Gum Disease

Gum Disease & Periodontal Health

Many people today are suffering from gum disease, a condition which a large percentage of people aren't aware of.  The prevalence of dental diseases are on the rise due to changes in diet. If you have been experiencing bleeding when you brush, you are most likely suffering from gum disease. Your dentist will be skilled to diagnose and treat any gum problems.

CAUSES OF PERIODONTAL DISEASE

The fact that your mouth is a passageway to food and drinks makes is susceptible to bacteria build-up which can lead to infections. The resulting inflammation is what is known as gum or periodontal disease.  Poor dental hygiene allows uncontrolled growth of bacteria increasing the chances of infections. When the gum lining carries a layer of bacteria any inflammation will eventually lead to infection.

OTHER SIGNS OF GUM DISEASE

If you are unsure whether you are suffering from a gum disease, look out for the following conditions:

  • Prevalent bad breath
  • Poor bite quality
  • Discharge of pus in the gaps between the gum and teeth
  • Deterioration of the gum
  • Odd taste in the mouth
  • Liquid pocket build-up on the gum

More Insight on Gum Disease

Gum disease develops in stages as detailed below:

  1. Gingivitis: When the condition is at its early stages you will suffer from bleeding when brushing and there are no other overt signs.
  2. Periodontitis: Due to lack of symptoms Gingivitis can develop and worsen to the point of periodontitis where the dental tissue and jaw bone is affected by the infection. This could eventually lead to tooth loss.

Treating Periodontal Disease

Dental hygiene is the best preventive approach to dealing with gum diseases. Brushing and flossing at least twice a day helps restrict development of plaque on your teeth. Regular dental visits also help diagnose any problems early enough. Professional cleaning helps remove any tartar and bacteria build-up.

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