Gum disease is nobody’s friend. It affects half of adults over thirty in some form or another. Because it is painless in the early stages, you might not be aware of it if you are not keeping up with your regularly scheduled dental cleanings. This infection of the gum tissue around your teeth is caused by plaque, a bacterial film that surrounds your teeth which can be brushed away during thorough your daily teeth brushing.
While you may be cavity-free, you still might have bleeding gums, or gums that are swollen and tender. If this is happening, you may have the beginnings of gingivitis. One tell-tale sign of gum disease is persistent bad breath. This can be cause by a medical condition so it should not be ignored.
What are some factors causing gum disease?
• Your family history
• Not brushing and flossing daily
• Smoking tobacco
• Stressful lifestyle
• Unhealthy diet
• Dry mouth
If you take the time to care for your pearly whites, you don’t need to lose them. The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day, flossing in between your teeth after you brush, rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash, and seeing your dentist for regular dental cleanings to remove tartar–the hardening of the plaque on your teeth.
Visiting your dentist is crucial because we can spot gum disease in the early stages so you won’t lose your teeth due to gum loss and infection. Please call our office at 708.469.6006 if you have any questions or concerns about your oral health. Dr. Thomas Bell is happy to help you keep smiling!