The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss daily and have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined at least twice a year. These oral care habits are essential for keeping your mouth healthy. When you ignore your oral care routine, your risk of developing gum disease increases significantly. Gum disease is a progressive condition that begins when a buildup of plaque and oral bacteria attack your gums.
The gums become irritated and inflamed. This early stage of gum disease, while easily treated, is the hardest to recognize. Symptoms often go unnoticed, and the disease continues to grow worse. Your gums pull away from your teeth, creating pockets. Bacteria fall into these pockets and begin attacking your periodontal ligaments and your jawbone. This causes these structures to weaken, which loosens your teeth. Eventually, you may even be faced with tooth loss. At Oasis Dental, we can assess the condition of your gum disease and provide you with the appropriate treatment to restore your oral health.
What Causes Gum Disease?
One of the most common causes of gum disease is poor oral hygiene. Whether you occasionally skip a brushing or flossing session, only have your teeth cleaned and examined once a year, or completely ignore your oral care routine altogether, your risk of developing gum disease significantly increases. Poor oral hygiene is not the only cause. Other causes of gum disease include:
Symptoms to Watch For
The earliest symptoms of gum disease include red, swollen gums that bleed when you brush and floss. However, these symptoms are often unnoticed or ignored, thought to be the cause of brushing too hard or flossing too aggressively. As a result, gum disease is allowed to worsen, which brings about other symptoms. These symptoms include:
How is Gum Disease Treated?
Treatments for gum disease vary based on the severity of your condition. Treatments include such things as:
Treating gum disease is essential for preventing serious issues and restoring your oral health. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Oasis Dental today at (360) 836-1100.
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