Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums that is caused by plaque on the teeth and gums. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease that causes red, swollen, and bleeding gums. If gingivitis is left untreated, it can progress to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a serious oral health concern that compromises the health and function of the teeth, gums, and bone structure. In advanced stages of periodontal disease, deep pockets filled with bacteria from around the teeth which causes the teeth to shift and eventually fall out.
Patients who have developed periodontal disease may experience bleeding gums, swollen gums, halitosis, receding gum, tooth sensitivity, loose teeth, and tooth loss. It is important to note that patients with gum disease may or may not experience symptoms. Regular visits to the dentist are imperative to maintaining optimal oral health.
Columbia, SC dentist Dr. Tom Trinker offers a full range of preventive dental care services. Dr. Trinkner encourages patients to visit our Columbia dental office twice a year for a routine dental exam.
Preventing Gum Disease
Gum disease is a preventable oral health concern. Taking an active role in your oral health journey is the first step to improving and maintaining optimal gum health.
- At home oral hygiene is one of the best ways to prevent gum disease. Most dentist recommends patients brush their teeth twice a day to remove plaque build-up. Flossing also helps removes debris and plaque build-up between the teeth. Rising with mouthwash after meals can also reduce plaque-buildup and freshen the breath.
- Incorporate healthy foods and beverages into your diet. Try to avoid foods and drinks with high levels of sugar and acidy.
- Smoking and tobacco use can have detrimental effects on your oral health as well as your overall health. Smoking makes it difficult for your body to fight off infection. Smoking can also affect how fast your gums heal.
- Schedule regular visits to your dentist. During your biannual preventive care exam, your dentist will check for any signs of periodontal disease. Your dentist can create a treatment plan to improve your oral health and recommend any necessary solutions.
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