Gum Disease/Periodontal Disease
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. Gum disease occurs when bacteria build up between your teeth and gums. As this disease progresses, it is not reversible, however it can be maintained with gum treatment, also called a “deep cleaning” or “Scaling and Root Planing”.
Your dentist will evaluate your gums and teeth during your regular examinations. He or she will measure any space that may exist between your teeth and gums. This space indicates the amount of bone loss that has occurred due to bacteria.
Regular brushing and flossing of your teeth can prevent gum disease. Home care is vital for gum disease prevention. Gum disease (or “periodontal disease”) can be prevented.
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. As bone loss occurs and the space between your teeth and gums progress, your teeth can become loose and will eventually fall out.
Early signs of gum disease include bleeding while brushing and flossing. If you experience these symptoms, you should contact your dentist right away and schedule and appointment for an exam and cleaning.
Maintaining gum disease may mean that you will need to see your dentist or hygienist every 3 months instead of 6. It will also be imperative to brush twice daily and floss daily. Gum disease has been linked to a variety of other health complications such as heart attack and diabetes.