Identifying and Treating Gum Disease
An infection that affects that issues that are surrounding the teeth is called periodontal disease. It is more commonly known as gum disease and there are two major classifications of it. The first is called “gingivitis” and it is typically accompanied by a swelling of your gums and a reddish color on that issue around your teeth. It is typically caused by reaction in your body to either food or some form of bacteria that has accumulated on the teeth. The common term for an accumulation of anything on the teeth is “plaque” and as it becomes harder over time it becomes known as “tarter.”
Even though gum disease is very common and is easily reversed by professional cleaning and daily flossing and brushing, it can become dangerous if it is left untreated for too long. The second type of periodontal disease is “periodontitis” and it generally has symptoms of a receding gums. In this case the supporting bone and gums begin to pull away from the teeth. Sometimes, the supporting bone will actually receive a away from the teeth without there being any gum recession that is visible to the naked eye. These types of cases create a pocket that is filled with bacteria. When your body begins to attack the bacteria it accidentally destroys the bone that is attached to the teeth in a supporting capacity. If periodontitis is left untreated for too long it will result in tooth loss.
Signs of Gum Disease
The signs of gum disease are generally bad breath, loose teeth and bleeding. Except for very in advanced stages of the disease there is usually no pain involved which will many times cause people to not have it checked or treated. Unfortunately, by the time there is any pain felt, the disease has already progressed to a point where it is done irreversible damage. It is crucial to look for the symptoms and have regular dental checkups in this regard to prevent tooth loss and potential spread of infection.
Periodontal disease is quite common, especially amongst people in their thirties and forties. It can affect anyone at any age but it seems to have a greater propensity in people in their middle of their lives. There are certain activities that increase the risk of periodontal disease including smoking and ignoring potential signs. Additionally, there are certain physical attributes that are risk factors like immune deficiency, diabetes and other histories of family diseases.
If you believe that you have periodontal disease you should Make A Dentist Appointment at absolute dental immediately. You need to be checked out by a professional who is seasoned and knows the inns and outs of a both diagnosis and treatment in order to put together an accurate plan that will cure the condition. Make sure you discuss any concerns that you have with the dentist and expect an in depth examination of the gums including measurements and assessments of gum health and disease. The dentist will measure the amount of potential bone loss and assess the general condition of both your gums and teeth in order to put together a treatment plan that will work for you.