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Common Causes of Gum Disease

Common Causes of Gum Disease

Just as it’s important to brush your teeth to prevent tooth decay, it’s also crucial to floss in order to protect your gums from gum disease. Gum problems, such as inflammation and infections, can raise your risk of developing other problems that affect your health. Understanding what causes gum disease and how to prevent it can help you keep your gums in good condition.

Signs of Gum Disease

How do you know if you have early signs of gum disease? You’ll notice certain symptoms that affect your gums, especially when brushing your teeth. If your gums bleed easily while you brush and floss, this is a sign of gum disease. You might also have other symptoms, such as receding gums, soreness, redness and swelling. These symptoms are generally associated with the gum disease known as gingivitis. This condition occurs when your gums become inflamed. If you let gingivitis go untreated, you can end up with periodontal disease, a more serious form of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss. Signs of periodontal disease include receding gums and loose teeth. If this condition goes untreated, you might lose teeth and need to have them replaced. 

What causes gum disease to develop? One of the most common causes is poor dental hygiene. If you don’t brush and floss your teeth and gums on a regular basis, bacteria can thrive and cause gum inflammation that requires treatment.

Common Causes of Gum Disease

What causes gum disease to develop? One of the most common causes is poor dental hygiene. If you don’t brush and floss your teeth and gums on a regular basis, bacteria can thrive and cause gum inflammation that requires treatment. Brushing and flossing helps keep bacteria at bay, which reduces your risk of having gum problems. Keep in mind that brushing and flossing at least twice a day might not be enough to lower your risk of gum disease. If you have crooked teeth, you might have a hard time thoroughly cleaning them on a regular basis, which increases your chance of having gum inflammation and infections. Crooked teeth make it hard to brush and floss between the affected teeth, leaving them more susceptible to developing disease. 

Treatments for Gum Disease

What can you do if you have gum disease? The early stages of gum problems can be reversed with proper dental hygiene, including brushing and flossing, as well as regular cleanings and exams. If you have crooked teeth that make it hard to brush and floss properly, you might benefit from wearing Invisalign. These sets of aligners provide an alternative to metal braces when you need straighter teeth. If you have more advanced gum disease, you might end up needing gum grafts, scaling and other forms of treatment that remove bacteria from your gums in order to treat infections. 

If you have signs of gum disease, please contact Premier Dental Care to schedule an appointment for treatment. We’re currently accepting new patients for pain-free sedation dentistry.

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