Here at Ostheller Family Dentistry, we are dedicated to the prevention and treatment of gum disease.
Gum disease simply means your gums are infected. It is one of the most common reasons for tooth loss.
Plaque and bacteria start to build up on your teeth. If you don’t brush and floss regularly, they can continue to build up. It is also important to visit your dentist regularly so we can clean the plaque and bacteria that you can’t reach.
There are many signs of gum disease that range from bleeding gums to red and swollen gums, and gums that are starting to pull away from your teeth. Many people have bad breath that they can’t seem to get rid of. As the disease progresses, you may even start to lose your teeth.
Some people are more prone to getting gum disease. These include people who don’t take care of their teeth along with those who smoke or chew tobacco. There are some diseases, conditions, and medications that can increase your risk, such as pregnancy and diabetes.These people should see their dentist more often.
At the early stage, gingivitis, can be eliminated by a thorough dental and proper dental care following the cleaning. Without treatment, periodontitis (advanced gum disease) is common. As the disease continues to get worse, it can lead to irreversible loss of the tissue and bone that supports your teeth.
If you are concerned about your dental health, don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule an appointment.