If you brush and floss your teeth every day, you still might develop gum disease and not even know it, especially if you miss your six month dental cleanings. Painless in the early stages, this disease occurs in half of adults over thirty. Gingivitis is the infection of the gum tissue surrounding your pearly whites. It is caused by the bacterial film that sticks to your teeth–known as plaque–which is normally brushed away during your brushing and flossing routine.
If you find yourself with bleeding gums, or swollen tender gums, you may have the beginnings of gingivitis. A common marker of gum disease is persistent bad breath, which can be caused by a medical condition so don’t be tempted to ignore it.
Various factors that can cause gum disease include:
• Smoking tobacco
• Stressful lifestyle
• Unhealthy diet
• Your family history
• Not brushing and flossing daily
• Dry mouth
At Country Club Dental we encourage you to keep an eye out for gum disease, and if you have any of the above factors, see your dentist every six months to make sure your gums are doing well. Keep brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice daily and you may want to incorporate an antibacterial mouthwash in your routine as well.
When you see one of our skilled dentists, we will make sure to remove the hardened plaque (tartar) from your gums and gum line. This tartar can only be removed using special tools which dental offices use. We can spot gum disease in the early stages so you won’t lose your teeth due to gum loss and infection.
If you have any concerns about your gums, call our caring staff at 530.677.4457 and let us help you keep your smile healthy and bright!