Gum disease is a serious infection of your gums that can lead to pain and tooth loss. It’s essential to know how you can prevent gum disease and what kind of treatments are available. By recognizing the early signs of gum disease, you can stop this painful problem in its tracks.
The dental experts at Couture Smiles Dental Group in Woodland Hills, California specialize in gum disease treatment and helping you reclaim your oral health. Our team of professionals offers restorative dental health using surgical and non-surgical procedures, so you can fend off gum disease before it happens.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease, also called periodontitis, is an inflammation or bacterial infection of your gums.
Healthy gums keep teeth in place and fit snugly around each tooth. Their job is to form a protective seal to defend the bone underneath.
Gum disease starts with plaque build-up. Plaque is a transparent film of bacteria covering your teeth. If the plaque isn’t removed every day, it continues to build up until it hardens. The film that was once easy to brush away becomes more difficult to remove and turns into tartar.
Tartar then turns your teeth yellow or brown and begins attacking your gum line. Gum disease starts once bacteria invade your gum tissue. Bacteria then becomes trapped in pockets between your gums and teeth. It destroys healthy gum tissue supporting your teeth, which causes loose teeth and, eventually, tooth loss if gum disease isn’t treated swiftly.
Do I have gum disease?
Some people are more likely than others to have periodontitis. Here are some of the risk factors that lead to gum disease:
- Chronic dry mouth
- Using particular medications
- Certain illnesses like AIDS
Although there are many risk factors, the highest risk factor for gum disease is smoking, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Smoking also makes treatment for gum disease less successful. If you’re having trouble breaking the habit, call Couture Smiles Dental Group for helpful resources.
Do you have any of these symptoms? It’s difficult to guess anything about your oral health without a checkup. But here are some early telltale signs that you may be suffering from gum disease:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Receding gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Painful chewing
- Bleeding or tender gums
- Swollen or red gums
- Loose teeth
Preventing and treating gum disease
A proper dental maintenance routine at home and frequent checkups with the dentist prevents gum disease. Daily brushing and flossing ensure that the nasty plaque gets cleared away before it has a chance to stick to teeth and breed bacteria. Once tartar has covered your teeth, only a dentist can remove it. In fact, plaque transforms into tartar within hours, which is why flossing and brushing are so important.
Deep cleaning is the first step in treating gum disease. Gingivitis is the initial stage of gum disease, and it can be reversed with regular checkups and cleanings. However, if gum disease isn’t treated at the gingivitis stage, it progresses to gum disease, at which point your teeth begin to deteriorate.
Have you noticed early signs of gum disease? Contact Couture Smiles Dental Group by calling 818-716-7966 or by using our helpful online booking form.