Gum disease is a common condition, and when left untreated, it can have devastating results. For gum disease treatment in Overland Park, call BlueStem Dental today.
Gum disease is a common condition, and when left untreated, it can have devastating results. For gum disease treatment in Overland Park, call BlueStem Dental today.(913) 203-1031
What is Gum Disease?
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an inflammation and infection of the gum tissue. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, periodontal disease affects half of Americans age 30 and over and is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
What Causes Gum Disease?
When plaque and tartar are left untreated on teeth and gums, gum disease may develop. Plaque and tartar buildup is caused by poor oral hygiene. You can reduce your risk of gum disease by brushing at least twice and flossing once every day. You should also have a dental exam and professional cleaning at least twice each year.
Common risk factors for gum disease include poor oral hygiene habits, diabetes, smoking, and hormonal changes.
Some medications can also increase your likelihood of developing gum disease. Many recent studies have found that untreated gum disease negatively impacts other aspects of your overall health. This is especially common for patients with cardiovascular disease or diabetes.
The first stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, includes a variety of mild to moderate symptoms. Common symptoms include:
- Red, swollen gums
- Sensitive teeth
- Gums bleeding from normal brushing or eating
- Chronic halitosis (bad breath)
- Difficulty or pain chewing
Periodontitis is a more advanced form of gum disease. In this case, gums begin to pull away from the teeth, creating small “pockets” along the gum line. Tooth loss, bone loss, and damage to the gums and soft tissues can occur with periodontitis.
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