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Did you know that a colorless, odorless, tasteless substance is adhering to your teeth right now, that could lead eventually to tooth and bone loss? Plaque is the gathering place for all kinds of harmful bacteria in your mouth. This sticky substance clings to your teeth and slowly builds up, causing gum disease. Periodontal disease can lead to the loss of the bones around your mouth and jaw, particularly the bones that hold your teeth in place. This sets up a scenario for loose teeth, which will eventually just fall out if left untreated. Read on for more information about gum disease and how to avoid it.
If plaque is the culprit for containing the bacteria that causes gum disease, tartar is the accomplice. Tartar is the build up of plaque that has been left for too long on the teeth and allowed to harden into a more difficult to remove substance. Tartar cannot be removed with brushing or flossing; only a professional cleaning can remove it.
Allowing the plaque and tartar to stay on the teeth will inevitably lead to the next step of gum disease, called gingivitis. Now the bacteria invades your gums on a surface level and you will begin to see the first signs of disease with swollen and sometimes bleeding gums, especially when you brush your teeth. If you can halt gum disease at this point, you can avoid the bone loss that could come later.
If your gum disease progresses to this stage, it becomes periodontitis. This is the final and most serious stage where, in addition to the swelling and bleeding gums, you now may see your gums pulling away from teeth. When the gums pull away, pockets are formed allowing for further inflammation and infections to form. These infections begin to break down your actual bone structure holding the teeth in place, and the teeth will loosen and fall out eventually.
Gum disease can not only be prevented but the signs of the disease can actually be reversed with proper treatment. Avoiding gum disease is relatively simple, but many people put off going to the dentist until the pain of a cavity becomes unbearable. Many times, gum disease has more subtle symptoms and you may not seek help in time to prevent permanent damage to your mouth. The best remedy for gum disease is to brush and floss and see your dentist at least twice a year for a professional cleaning.
If you have questions about any dental hygiene habits, contact a dentist with a practice like Family Dental Office.