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Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a condition that affects the tissues and bones that support your teeth. There are a few different ways to tell if you have gum disease.
- Bleeding gums:
One of the most common symptoms is bleeding gums. It can happen when you brush your teeth or floss, which can signify that your gums are inflamed.
- Receding gums:
This symptom can easily go unnoticed. Most of the time, patients only notice it once their teeth start to look longer than they previously did or feel sensitivity when they drink hot and cold beverages.
- Red and swollen gums:
Gum disease is caused by inflammation of the gums due to bacteria in plaque. Having red and swollen gums is a sign of inflammation.
- Moving teeth:
Periodontal disease results in gradual loss of bone where the teeth are embedded. As bone loss continues, the teeth lose their attachment, causing them to start moving slightly at first, then more significantly as the disease progresses.
If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to see a dentist so that they can diagnose and treat the problem. Gum disease is a serious condition, but it’s also very treatable. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent the condition from progressing and protect your oral health.
Yes, gum disease can be prevented. Gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, is caused by plaque buildup. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on your teeth. It can harden and turn into tartar (calculus) if not removed. Once tartar forms, it can only be removed by a professional cleaning at the dentist’s office. If gingivitis is not addressed, it can progress to periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease. Periodontitis can lead to tooth loss and other health problems. However, with proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits, gum disease can be prevented.
Gum disease can reoccur after treatment, especially if the underlying cause is not addressed. Poor oral hygiene is one of the most common contributors to gum disease, so brushing and flossing regularly and seeing your dentist for regular cleanings are important. Uncontrolled diabetes can also lead to the recurrence of gum disease, so if you have diabetes, it is essential to maintain good blood sugar control.
Many other factors can contribute to gum disease, so it is important to talk to your dentist about what you can do to reduce your risk of recurrence. In general, good oral hygiene and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are the most recommended ways to prevent gum disease from coming back.