Certainly, it’s important to be on top of preventing tooth decay. Cavities are a major concern, and you want your teeth to be healthy and strong, but what of your gums? Here at the office of Dr. Geoffrey Edmunds, just as much attention is paid to the wellness of them and to the prevention of gum disease 12203.
If you’re wondering exactly what it is and how it occurs, the answers can be traced back to your diet. Sugar and starch are catalysts for dental plaque, which is the reason for tooth decay and also gum disease 12203. That means both the filmy plaque that you brush away and floss from between your teeth, and also the harder and crustier tartar that develops from plaque that is not removed during your daily oral hygiene routine. The early stage is known as gingivitis, and it’s usually associated with mild symptoms. Red gums and irritation may be below the threshold where you notice them. In fact, many cases of gingivitis are first detected during a twice-yearly dental examination. And that’s convenient, because a dental cleaning, also part of the visit, will reverse the effects of gingivitis, and thereby prevent it from progressing to periodontitis, the later stage. Periodontitis can be either chronic or aggressive, with the distinction being that the aggressive form advances much faster. One reason for this can be due to underlying diseases like diabetes. And then there is necrotizing periodontal disease, in which gum tissue actually dies. The eventual results of gum disease 12203 can be the loss of gum and bone tissue due to inflammation and infection, and loose teeth. Once your gums have ceased to be a reliable foundation for your teeth, the situation is extreme.
Look after your gums by scheduling an examination at our office. Please contact us now to arrange a time to come in.