If you notice blood when you floss or brush your teeth, you may be a part of the 47% of Americans over 30 that suffer from some form of gum disease. However, gum disease is treatable with professional care. Understanding the different types of gum disease, warning signs and treatment will help you save your smile and prevent further damage.
Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that causes irritation, redness, and inflammation. It is important that you take gingivitis seriously because if left untreated, it can lead to much more serious gum diseases. One of the main causes of gingivitis is poor oral hygiene. Good oral hygiene habits and regular dental checkups can help prevent and reverse gingivitis. If you are experiencing swollen gums, gums that bleed when you brush your teeth, bad breath, tender or receding gums or a change in the color of your gums, you may be experiencing gingivitis.
Untreated gingivitis will eventually lead to periodontal disease. People who are suffering from periodontal disease will experience their gums pulling away from their teeth which will result in supporting gum tissue loss. The teeth may loosen and eventually have to be removed. If you are experiencing symptoms of periodontal disease, more aggressive treatment may be needed. Scaling and root planning are the most common treatment in which the infected surface of the root is cleaned. However, depending on the stage of the disease, oral surgery may be required.
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