All About Gum Disease

All About Gum Disease

Posted by Colorado Wellness Dentistry on May 27 2021, 11:31 AM

Gum disease or periodontal disease is one of the most common dental problems and affects a large number of adults, especially those above the age of 30. Gum disease is an inflammatory condition caused by a bacterial infection that can damage the soft tissue that surrounds teeth. Left untreated, this condition can lead to the loss of the bone that supports the teeth and tooth loss. 

Gum disease has also been linked to more severe health issues such as the increased risk of stroke and hypertension. 

The good news is gum disease is preventable. 

What is Gum Disease? 

Gum disease is an oral health problem caused by a build-up of plaque that contains bacteria. In its early stages, this condition is known as gingivitis. That’s when the gums become swollen and red and bleeding may occur. 

When left untreated, plaque continues to build up below the gum line and can cause an infection in the soft tissue. This infection can irritate the gums and cause pain and more serious dental issues.

How to Check if You Have Gum Disease?

Healthy gums are firm and have a pale pink color. They should fit perfectly around the teeth. 
If you are concerned you may suffer from gum disease, look out for these symptoms: 

  • Swollen or inflamed gums
  • Gum soreness or pain 
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath.
  • Accumulation of pus between the gums and the teeth
  • Pain when chewing
  • Gap formation between the teeth
  • Bleeding while brushing and flossing
  • Purplish or bright red gums

The symptoms listed above are some of the most common signs of gum disease. If you have any of these symptoms and suspect you may suffer from gum disease, we recommend that you schedule a dental appointment to get a proper diagnosis and treatment. 

How to Prevent Gum Disease?

For the prevention of gum disease, dentists recommend maintaining good oral hygiene and getting regular dental cleanings and check-ups. 

Maintaining good oral hygiene

We all know that brushing our teeth twice a day is a prerequisite for good oral hygiene. Flossing before brushing is also necessary as it helps remove the food particles that are stuck between the teeth. 

If you follow these best practices, you can prevent plaque formation and build-up and, therefore, prevent gum disease.

Regular dental visits

Regular dental visits and cleanings can help prevent plaque build-up and maintain good oral health.

Although many people tend to only visit a dentist when they have a dental health emergency, it is best practice to visit your dentist regularly. Routine check-ups can help identify any oral issues early on and prevent more serious problems. 

To benefit from the most advanced dental treatments for gum disease, call Colorado Wellness Dentistry, Centennial, CO at (303) 798-1068 or schedule an online appointment and we’ll be glad to help.

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