Gum disease is one of the most common dental conditions, affecting nearly half of American adults over the age of 30. Even though gum disease is so prevalent, many people fail to understand the serious risks it poses for oral health.
The condition often causes red, tender gums that bleed when you brush or floss your teeth. At times gum disease is referred to as the silent destroyer, due to not causing any pain until it is very severe. Healthy gums shouldn’t bleed when you brush and floss. In fact, bleeding gums can lead to loosening teeth and receding gum lines if you fail to get treatment.
That’s why Robert Berger, DDS, and our caring team at Berger Family Dental are here to help you fight gum disease. Learn why you shouldn’t ignore the signs of gum disease and what you can do to keep your mouth healthy. Make an appointment by phone or online today.
The risks of gum disease
There are two main stages of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is gum disease in its early stages. It can advance to periodontitis if left untreated.
Gum disease develops when plaque, a sticky buildup of bacteria, collects on your teeth. Plaque exists in everyone’s mouth, but good oral hygiene removes buildup to keep it from harming your gums and teeth. If plaque remains on your teeth, it hardens and may lead to gum disease.
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, can cause:
- Swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Tooth sensitivity
- Pain when chewing
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
Symptoms of gingivitis usually include sore, swollen gums and bleeding when you brush or floss. Periodontitis, the more severe form of gum disease, can cause the tissue and bone holding your teeth in place to deteriorate, leading to tooth loss.
With our help, you can reverse the damage from gingivitis, but ignoring the condition can lead to periodontitis and significantly impact your oral health and mouth function. Although gingivitis is often reversible, periodontitis or bone disease is NOT reversible!
How to keep your mouth healthy
Dr. Berger and our team are experts in identifying and treating gum disease at any stage to help protect your oral health. Good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent gum disease and reverse gingivitis.
It’s important to brush your teeth and floss at least twice a day. Watch for signs that your gums are bleeding when you brush or floss. Using mouthwash can help loosen food particles between your teeth and fight plaque.
Get regular dental cleanings with Dr. Berger to make sure your teeth aren’t showing signs of gum disease. During your cleaning, our team removes plaque buildup near your gums to keep them from getting inflamed and developing gum disease.
For more advanced stages of periodontitis, scaling and root planing clear out, not only plaque buildup, but also calculus deposits to prevent permanent damage. We use special scaling tools to clean your teeth and remove plaque below the gum line.
Root planing is a process that smooths the surface of your tooth below the gum line to help your gums reattach to your teeth. Stopping gum disease from getting worse is the best option to prevent tooth loss later on.
Gum disease can permanently damage your oral health if you let it go untreated. But luckily, treatment is often simple and effective. To find out more about what you can do to prevent and treat gum disease, call us or book online today.