Many adults throughout the US suffer from some form of periodontal (gum) disease. If you suffer from periodontal disease, you will need to see an oral specialist. Often you will not show signs of gum disease while it is in its early stages.
Your mouth contains many bacteria. Along with mucous and food particles, the bacteria build up to form a sticky plaque on the surface of your teeth. Although flossing and brushing can remove plaque, if it builds up and hardens, it will form tartar or calculus that cannot be removed through normal cleaning and must be removed by a professional dental hygienist.
If plaque and tartar are left to build up on your teeth, you are at an increased risk of a type of gum inflammation known as gingivitis. This will cause your gums to appear red and to bleed easily. Gingivitis can be reversed with regular brushing and flossing. If it is left untreated, it can develop into periodontitis. This disease causes the gums to pull away from the teeth and develop pockets which may become infected. As it advances, periodontitis can destroy the bone and connective tissue that hold you’re your teeth in place, in which case you teeth will become loose and will have to be removed. Don’t fret because dental implants can replace missing teeth.
3 Signs of Gum Disease
Three common signs that you may have severe gum disease include:
- Bad breath that you cannot get rid of.
- Gums that are receding, making your teeth appear longer.
- Loose teeth
If you are having oral or dental problems, but you are not sure about your options, contact Riverside Oral & Facial Surgery today. Our surgeons are expert at oral care. We take great pride in serving our patient’s needs using cutting-edge equipment and techniques