Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease or gingivitis) is the number one cause of tooth loss and can even be bad for your overall health. It is an infection caused by bacteria that eats away at your gums and the bone that supports your teeth.
You are likely to have gum disease if you haven’t been to the dentist and hygienist within a year or kept up with your oral care at home, although medical conditions may be a contributing factor.
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease when the gums are irritated and inflamed, but there is no major damage yet. When not resolved it becomes periodontitis, a chronic infection that results in tooth and bone loss, and a number of other complications.
Infections in your mouth are especially dangerous because they can get into your bloodstream easily when you swallow. If you had an infected finger you would go to the doctor and the same should be true for your mouth. It is never healthy to let infection go untreated.
While you can have periodontal disease without knowing it, there are some symptoms you can look out for:
Preventing gum disease is one of the most important reasons to see your dentist and get your teeth professionally cleaned regularly.
When additional treatment is needed, we have a periodontal specialist in our office to help you. You can receive all of your gum disease and regular dental care in one place instead of going to multiple offices.
Our goal is to keep your smile healthy and your mouth disease free. We hope it is your goal, too.
If you are concerned about the health of your teeth and gums, we would love to help you. You can reach us at (714) 633-2562 Orange CA