Did you know: Your mouth is full of bacteria, germs and food particles that remain long after you have eaten, paving the way for bad breath and a yellow, sticky film known as plaque.
And plaque is the #1 cause of dental decay, gingivitis and the more serious, periodontal disease.
Periodontal diseases range from simple gum inflammation to a serious condition that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth.
In the very worst of cases, teeth are lost.
Poor oral hygiene is the most common cause of periodontal disease. Pregnant women, people with diabetes, smokers, people being treated for cancer and those whose immune system is compromised are also vulnerable.
Plaque, bacteria and tartar team up to cause gingivitis.
• Brushing and flossing regularly can help get rid of plaque, but plaque that is not removed can form tartar which can only be removed by a hygienist or dentist.
• The longer plaque and tartar remain on your teeth, the more harmful they become.
• Signs to look for are gums that bleed easily and are tender, swollen and red.
• Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease that does not include any loss of bone or tissue that hold the teeth in place.
• Gingivitis is easily treated and can usually be reversed with good dental habits.
• However, if gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to periodontitis, inflammation around the tooth.
Periodontitis causes gums to pull away from the teeth which causes pockets to form at the gum line that may become infected. The body’s immune system fights the bacteria as the plaque grows. This natural response to infection starts to break down the connective tissue and bone that hold the teeth in place. If left untreated, tissue, gums and bone are destroyed.
The earlier it is caught, the easier periodontal disease is to treat. Be on the lookout for:
• Bad breath (halitosis) or a chronic bad taste in your mouth
• Sensitive teeth
• Recessed, bleeding, swollen and/or red gums
Concerned you may have periodontal disease? Don’t wait.
Call StarWhite Dental for a consultation appointment, today: 951-698-4426.