Understanding Gum Disease and How To Prevent It

A lot of people don’t tend to realize what a serious issue gum disease can become, so at DentistsRUs – we’re here to help you with ‘Understanding Gum Disease and How To Prevent It’!

Gum Disease Explained
Gum disease is a common oral concern and can begin at any age. Because there is no discomfort involved, it can often go undetected for years, leading to bone loss and inevitably – tooth loss.

However, gum disease can be prevented if caught and treated early, and can even be reversed if uncovered in the very early stages.

Gum disease begins with plaque, as plaque contains bacteria, which will harden into tartar if left unaddressed. Brushing and flossing daily can help keep a handle on plaque and prevent it from turning into tartar, but only a professional can remove tartar once it has formed.

Tartar and Gum Disease
Tartar can lead to infection known as gingivitis, causing your gums to become red and potentially bleed when you brush your teeth. Over time, this infection will break down the tissue in your gums, which then leads to the breakdown of the bone that holds your teeth – potentially causing you to lose the teeth in that area. So because tartar is such a massive contributor to gum disease, it is imperative to have it removed by a professional regularly.

Prevention and Treatment of Gum Disease
Optimal oral health is the best way to prevent gum disease, which includes brushing, flossing and regular dental cleanings and checkups – as a dentist can quickly detect if gum disease is setting in and an x-ray can show the bone levels surrounding your teeth.

If it is detected that you have a serious case of gum disease, your dental professional may refer you to a periodontist who has the expertise to the treat it, as well as restore your gums as needed.

At DentistsRUs, we are here to help you maintain your oral health, and keep concerns like these at bay by offering a variety of dental professionals that would be more than happy to help keep you smiling in a healthy manner for years to come!

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