In this post from Vitangeli Dental in Englewood OH we discuss gum disease, a serious condition that we see far too often.
Run your tongue along the gumline behind your lower front teeth. Do you feel a ridge? This is probably tartar, also known as calculus.
Even if you brush and floss regularly, plaque and tartar can gradually accumulate. If not removed, they can cause the gums to become irritated and swollen. Eventually, the gums become detached from the tooth, creating a ‘pocket’. This creates a new space for plaque and tartar to grow. In advanced stages of periodontal disease, the toxins created by the bacteria literally rot the gum, teeth and bone.
Risk factors for developing gum disease include:
- Smoking, which is the most significant
- Certain illnesses, like AIDS, and their medication
- Medication that reduces the flow of saliva
The symptoms of gum disease include:
- Red or swollen gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Painful chewing
- Sensitive teeth
- Receding gums
The type of gum disease treatment a patient gets depends on the extent of the condition. Part of the treatment might include behavioral changes, like giving up smoking. And it is essential that the patient adopts good daily dental care.
The stark truth is that anyone can get gum disease. But there is hope; the earlier it is detected, the sooner treatment can begin. Vitangeli Dental in Englewood OH provides gum disease treatment, and a full range of general dentistry services. Schedule an appointment with us today.
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