You most likely have heard of gum disease at your dental appointment, but do you actually know what symptoms of gum disease to look for? Your mouth and dental health are the gateways to the overall health of the rest of your body. Often the first signs of other health conditions start inside the mouth with gum and teeth issues. At Family Dentistry of Columbus, we strive to keep our patients informed about dental care and the most up-to-date information.
Here are three facts regarding gum disease and what you can do to prevent this condition.
What You Need to Know About Gum Disease
- Gingivitis – According to the American Academy of Periodontology, gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease. Gingivitis may cause the gums to become red, swollen, and to bleed easily. This stage of gum disease usually has little or no discomfort, and with proper dental maintenance, can be reversible. Here are some factors that may contribute to gingivitis: diabetes, smoking, aging, stress, inadequate nutrition, pregnancy, and substance abuse.
- Periodontitis – Often gum disease is referred to as periodontitis or periodontal disease. Periodontitis is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and destroys the bone that supports your teeth. Periodontitis can cause teeth to loosen or lead to tooth loss. Similar to gingivitis periodontitis is also very much preventable disease and with proper changes in oral hygiene can be reversible.
- How to Prevent Gum Disease – If you are experiencing gum swelling or tooth pain and think you may have symptoms of gum disease, talk to your dentist immediately. Firstly, brushing your teeth twice a day and cleaning between your teeth with floss or another interdental cleaner once every day can drastically lower your risk of gum disease. Next, maintaining routine dental appointments for professional cleanings can help keep your dentist aware of changes to your teeth and dental health. Lastly, quitting smoking and/or chewing tobacco can greatly decrease your risk of developing periodontal disease.
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Columbus, Georgia and the surrounding area we are here to help you and all your family’s dental needs. Keeping your mouth and teeth healthy is always a priority for our team of dental professionals. Dr. Polk and Dr. Parker of Family Dentistry of Columbus, always strive to keep our patients informed about dental health.
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