Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is caused when bacteria in plaque builds up between the gums and teeth. When this bacterium begins to grow, the gums around the tooth can become inflamed. When left untreated and uncared for, the inflammation can cause the gums and supporting bone structure to slowly deteriorate.
Swollen and bleeding gums are early signs that your gums have become infected. If you don’t see a dentist to have this corrected, then the infection can spread. It will eventually destroy the structures that support your teeth in your jawbone. Over time, your teeth become so loose that they must be extracted.
Other Health Problems
Gum disease has also been linked to several other health problems. Studies have shown periodontal disease to be linked to diabetes and heart disease.
How to Prevent It
Smokers or users of tobacco products are more likely to develop gum disease. Smoking increases the risk of periodontal disease, and the longer you smoke, the higher the risk. Smokers have a tendency to collect more tartar on their teeth, and therefore are more resistant to treatment. The decision to continue smoking is completely under your control. Quitting smoking will have an immediate positive effect on your oral health.
Crowded Teeth/ Braces
Anything that makes it more difficult for you to brush or floss your teeth is likely to enhance the possibility of plaque or tartar build. Your dentist or periodontist can show you methods on the best ways to clean your teeth while they are being aligned or during your time with braces.
Disease/ Poor Nutrition
Nutrition is important for a healthy body and mouth. A poor diet can result in severe damage to the body, allowing for more bacteria to build up win the mouth. Poor health also increases the risk of periodontal disease.
Brushing, flossing, and regular use of mouthwash are all ways that you can reduce the risk of periodontal disease.
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Catonsville Dental Care provides high-quality dental services to Catonsville, MD, and the surrounding areas. If you’re concerned about your gum health, or any other dental issues, we will be happy to provide you with the service and care that all of our patients have come to expect. We offer dental cleanings, implants, Invisalign, and other dental services as well as routine dental care and corrective treatments. With years of experience and countless testimonials, we’re your one-stop offices for all of your dental needs!