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Gum Disease

How to Avoid Gum Disease

Some people might not know this, but left untreated gum disease can be hazardous to your health. It can be a catalyst in suffering from multiple health problems. However, this condition is preventable with proper oral care involving you and a dental practitioner.

Gingivitis and Periodontitis

Gingivitis is a low-level periodontal disease that causes inflammation of the tissues, called gingivae surrounding the base of the teeth. Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease that affects the gums as well as the bone attached to the teeth.

The difference between the two is that with gingivitis, lack of good oral hygiene can lead to plaque and this can result in the teeth becoming red, swollen and bleeding when brushed. However, the teeth remain stable within the sockets of the gums.

Untreated gingivitis might lead to periodontitis, in which the plaque has progressed until the gum and bone supporting the teeth recedes and pockets form. Bacteria accumulate in the small areas between the teeth, causing infection, which continues to break down tissues and bone until the teeth becomes loose and fall out.

Causes and Symptoms

Common causes for this malady include the formation of plaque on teeth, smoking, medications, as well as health issues such as diabetes or cancer and genetic factors.

Indications of gum disease include bleeding and puffy red gums, soreness, foul breath, pus and loose teeth.

Preventing and Treating This Condition

Lower the chance of experiencing gum diseases by:

DIY practices such as thoroughly brushing at least twice a day, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash

Frequently visiting the dentist, for cleaning harden debris off the teeth and for inspections to prevent future oral health troubles

Contact Our Local Dentist Today

If you are having issues with gum disease, feel free to contact our Cool Springs Laser Dentistry practice, located in Brentwood, TN. Here you will find Dr. Kellye N. Rice and her team waiting to assist you in maintaining a beautiful smile. Call us today to request an appointment, at 615-649-0556.


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