Spring has sprung and it’s a great time of year to freshen up your dental hygiene habits. Buy a new toothbrush or try out a whitening toothpaste to add that extra sparkle to your smile. But it’s not just your teeth that need attention, your gums need some TLC, too. According to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, almost 75% of adults in the US have gum disease, but may not know it. Do you know what gum disease signs to look out for?
No matter how well teeth are cared for, some people have genetic predispositions that put them at increased risk for some oral health problems. That doesn’t mean you should give up on brushing and flossing if tooth decay or gum disease runs in your family. Knowing that other family members have these dental problems will help you and your dentist be on alert for warning signs.
Periodontal disease is an infection of the areas in the mouth that support the teeth. This includes the gums, the periodontal ligament, and the alveolar bone.
Commonly referred to as gum disease, gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease, and it primarily affects just the gums. The bad news is that if it is ignored, this early stage of gum disease can rapidly progress into the far more serious advanced stage, known as periodontitis. Left untreated, periodontitis can cause irreparable damage, and, in the worst cases, lead to bone and tooth loss.
When someone mentions gum disease (periodontitis), do you automatically think about oral health? You’re not alone. Many people don’t realize that the chronic infection that causes gum disease is not confined to the mouth. Advanced gum disease has a connection to many diseases and conditions. The team at Country Club Dental wants you to know that gum disease affects more than you think.