Your Port St Lucie Dentist at All Smiles wants you to know about Gum Disease
For adults, periodontal (gum) disease, not tooth decay, is the major cause of tooth loss. According to the American Dental Association, Periodontal disease is caused by bacterial infection that attacks the gums, ligaments and/or bone. Often painless, gum disease can develop slowly, leaving you without very much indication that your gums are indeed suffering. Others experience the development of gum disease progress quite rapidly and should act quickly once signs are noticed. Against common belief, gum disease can happen at any age and is a great motivator for regular check ups and consistent flossing!
If you know already that you have not good hygiene habits then right then, you can know that you are a candidate for periodontal disease. Regular brushing, flossing and avoidance of acidic and sugar-filled foods is a necessary part of avoiding the build up of unwanted bacteria in your mouth-especially if you have any hard to reach spots or problem areas where food can hide. Additionally, people who use any kind of tabacco-yes any kind-it doesn’t matter, will also increase their chances of developing gum problems. It is true that our genetics do have a lot to do with whether we are suceptible to certain diseases but our daily health choices are what actually swing the door wide open for disease to make it’s bed. It is very important to also note that if your body is taking on another body-as in that of a new developing baby, remember pregnancy requires added attention on self care and hygiene. You are caring for more than just you! Finally, keep in mind, that if you have any health issues that decrease immunity or for instance you are diabetic, or if you take prescriptions medications for such causes, these too are added reasons to make doubly sure that gum disease does not get a foot in the door!
So you may wonder: “Do I have gum disease? How can I tell?” Your Port St Lucie Dentist Can answer this questions for you.
Check Out these signs of Gum Disease:
- gums that bleed easily
- red, swollen, tender gums
- gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- persistent bad breath or bad taste
- permanent teeth that are loose or separating
- any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- any change in the fit of partial dentures
If you experience 2 or more of the above symptoms of periodontal disease, make an appointment with your Port St Lucie Dentist at All Smiles today. Our caring staff and qualified dentists will satisfy any questions you have and provide you with the best solutions for you and your gum health which may include gum therapy or gum re-contouring.