April 15, 2016

Preventing Gum Disease

There is a common problem in oral health, one so pervasive that most people are probably affected by it. Many of them don’t even realize there is an issue. But gum disease can wreak havoc on your mouth and even affect other systems in the body. Knowing how to prevent it is crucial to good oral health.

First, let’s talk about how serious gum disease can be. It gets its start when plaque is allowed to build up in the mouth. The bacteria plaque contains can infect the gums, causing inflammation, easy bleeding, and recession. But early gum disease does not cause pain or discomfort, so you might not think you have a problem.

If allowed to spread, the infection can eventually include other tissues around the teeth and the jaw bone. As these are weakened and the gums continue to recede, teeth can loosen and fall out. Gum disease can also increase your risk for heart disease and complicate diabetes. While this might seem uncommon given its extreme nature, nearly half of adults over 30 have advanced gum disease.

Prevention is always the best treatment, and gum disease is completely (and easily) preventable. Removing plaque by effective brushing and flossing removes the threat of infecting bacteria. While factors like hormone changes and certain illnesses can increase your susceptibility for gum disease, good oral hygiene prevent its onset and help ensure great oral health all around.

If you would like to learn about the periodontal treatments we offer at Exceptional Dentistry or schedule an appointment with Dr. James D. Powell, please call our Palmdale, CA, office today. We hope to see you soon!