Gum disease is the serious infection of the supporting tissue of your teeth. Gum disease, if left untreated, can result in tooth loss and other health problems.
Gum disease in its mildest form is known as Gingivitis. If you have Gingivitis, hope is not lost. At this stage, it is still possible to improve the health of your gums by brushing and flossing daily. However, if Gingivitis is left untreated, the infection could progress to what is called Periodontitis. This advanced disease is one of the main reasons for tooth loss in adults. It is caused by plaque, the layer of bacteria that forms on your teeth, as it produces toxins that can damage your gums. When the gums are damaged, teeth may fall out or may have to be removed by your dentist.
Symptoms of gum disease include gums that are swollen, bleeding or red. In addition, gums that have pulled away from the teeth, persistent bad breath or bad taste, and permanent but loose or separating teeth may signify a problem. It is also possible to have gum disease and yet no symptoms may occur.
Overall health maintenance can help prevent gum disease. Dentists suggest that brushing, flossing and eating a regular diet to help prevent gum disease. Unhealthy habits such as smoking or chewing tobacco can increase the risk, while regular dental check ups can inform you of dental problems that can be corrected to prevent gum disease. Oftentimes, overlooked problems such as bridges that no longer fit properly, crooked teeth, or defective fillings may increase your chances of developing gum disease.
Dr. Theodore Ionescu has provided quality dental care in the community of Elk Grove for many years.