Protecting Your Kids’ Dental Health at Every Age
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Taking care of your gums is just as important as taking care of your teeth. Your gums protect your teeth and bone by preventing bacteria from causing irritation. Periodontal disease, also commonly known as gum disease, is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
The early stages of gum disease can develop quickly without proper oral care. Here are the early warning signs of gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, and what you can do to stop it.
Teeth can become loose once the infection takes hold beneath the surface of your gum tissue. As the issue intensifies, the gum pockets become deeper. Because the bacteria from gingivitis and periodontitis cause the body’s immune system to attack the gum tissue and bone around the teeth, loose teeth are a common indication of gum disease.
Tooth sensitivity can be one of the first signs of gum recession as a result of periodontal disease. When the underlying surface of a tooth (the dentin) loses the perfection of the gum tissue, the outer enamel surface of the tooth begins to experience sensitivity while eating or drinking.
Bad breath, or halitosis, that doesn’t seem to go away regardless of brushing your teeth is an indication of gingivitis. Additionally, you may be experiencing a persistent bad taste in your mouth that is caused by an accumulation of plaque on the teeth, which forms a toxin.
The bacteria that cause gum disease inflammation may cause your gums to bleed, become red, swollen, or tender. Many patients suffering from gingivitis suffer from gums feeling tender when touched or during brushing; however, the inflammation is not always painful.
Experiencing gum recession may be an indication of periodontitis. If you have noticed your gums beginning to pull away from the edges of your teeth, you may also start to experience heightened tooth sensitivity. This is due to the roots of the teeth where the nerves are located becoming exposed.
It is estimated that 50% of adults in the United States have gum disease. Certain factors increase your risk of developing this severe issue, so those at risk of periodontitis should be particularly vigilant if you fall into one of the following categories:
The best course of action for combating gum disease is to have regular dental checkups and cleanings. If you are experiencing persistent bleeding or swelling of your gums or notice teeth that look or feel loose, call your dentist right away. The outlook is good if gum disease is recognized early and treated aggressively.
If you are starting to notice any of the early warning signs of gum disease, contact Aubrey Baudean DDS today to schedule an exam.