Do you know the common causes or symptoms of gum disease? Despite the prevalence, few patients realize how preventable periodontal issues can be. At Ft. Worth Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, Dr. Green and our team can educate patients on recognizing the warning signs of dental health problems and properly caring for their teeth and gums.
Frequently Asked Questions About Preventing Gum Disease
Question: What is periodontal disease?
Answer: This dental health problem develops when the gingival tissue becomes inflamed. Eventually, they pull away from the teeth, causing pockets to form at the gumline. Soon, bacteria enter these pockets. Without treatment, this can endanger the health and stability of your smile. To maintain a healthy, whole smile, you should be aware of the warning signs and the steps you can take to help avoid dental health problems altogether.
Question: What causes gingival inflammation?
Answer: A variety of factors can cause inflammation, including poor oral hygiene, chronic illness, the use of certain medications, and hormonal changes. People with a family history of gingival issues may be at greater risk. Dr. Green or Dr Knight can answer any questions you may have and assess your risk factors.
Question: What are the symptoms of dental disease?
Answer: Patients who develop periodontal issues may at first notice soreness or redness in the gingival tissue. Eventually, the gingival tissue will begin to bleed easily, usually when brushing and flossing. Patients may also encounter receding gums, persistent bad breath, and loose teeth. Eventually, this can reach the advanced stages, also known as periodontitis. When this happens, the connective tissue between the gums and teeth deteriorate, increasing the risk of adult tooth loss. If you recognize one or more of these symptoms, please schedule a consultation today.
Question: What can I do to prevent this problem?
Answer: Good oral hygiene can help you avoid serious dental health complications. By brushing and flossing regularly, you can help remove bacteria and food particles from your mouth. You should also have your teeth cleaned at least twice a year. A dental cleaning removes the plaque buildup that brushing and flossing alone can’t erase. If you need to schedule a cleaning or exam, simply contact our office today.