Understand Gum Disease: 3 Simple Details

3sparkleDo you understand that gum disease can be extremely damaging to your smile? So much so that when left untreated, it can lead to some seriously devastating consequences that require immense care before your smile is restored? Perhaps you’re fully informed regarding the long-term side effects but as for the disease itself, you don’t really understand what’s going on. We are happy to clarify by offering three simple details.

Detail #1: It’s Mostly Caused By Your (Not So Good) Hygiene

If you practice consistent dental hygiene according to the approach we set forth for optimal oral health, worrying about gum disease is not necessary. If you don’t follow our suggestions, this is when the chance of disease skyrockets. Why? The inflammation and infection that ensues is the result of plaque buildup that turns into tartar.

Detail #2: It Will Progress (And Quickly)

Gum disease begins as what we call “gingivitis.” We can cure gingivitis! However, we cannot cure the stages of development beyond it (we can only help you control the disease). This means that dedication to six-month dental appointments with us (in the form of cleanings and checkups) can help you avoid a lifetime of periodontal treatment, since we can treat inflammation in its infancy.

Detail #3: Knowing Your Symptoms Can Help

While we will detect changes during your dental checkups, and while symptoms do not always make themselves present to you, it’s good to know what to watch out for. If between your usual checkups you notice red gum tissue, purple gum tissue, swollen gums, a bad taste in your mouth, or bleeding gums, call us. It might be a sign that gum disease is beginning.