Gum disease is also known as periodontal disease and is one of the leading causes of tooth loss among adults. Our gums support our teeth and protect the base of our teeth. Once gingivitis takes hold, periodontal disease can develop. The support of our teeth can then become weak and this results in tooth loss.
Periodontal disease can cause tooth loss because as plaque and tarter build up in pockets between the teeth and gums the gums become infected and begin to recede. As the gums recede the bone structure that secures our teeth is reduced and begins to weaken. Since it is our gums and bone secure our teeth, gum disease can result in our teeth becoming loose. Healthy gums, therefore, are important in order to preserve healthy teeth.
Gum disease can be easily treated if addressed early. It is important to know the warning signs of gum disease so you can discuss your concerns with us. Let us know if you notice any of the following warning signs of gum disease:
- Red gums
- Sore gums
- Swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Gums pulling away from your teeth
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Bad breath
- Bite changes
- Dentures fitting poorly
And call us today to schedule your next gum disease prevention cleaning!