Periodontal Disease Treatment
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults and a rapidly growing concern for the younger segments of the population. While genetic factors contribute to gum disease, most cases are the result of poor dental care, including lack of diligence to brushing and flossing, as well as missed dental visits. Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and periodontal disease (gum disease) not only destroy your oral health, but are indications of systemic distress throughout the body. It is important to know the signs and symptoms of gum inflammation and disease to ensure you can get early treatment and protect your long-term health.
Gum disease is the result of bacterial build-up that remains untreated and develops into an infection called gingivitis. What causes gingivitis is inflammation of the gums, and is highly treatable. The early stages of the infection cause an immune response, leading to inflammation, redness, and irritation of the gums and tissue surrounding the teeth.
If the infection continues to worsen, pockets may form around the teeth and gums, leading to swelling, soreness, loose teeth, and eventually tooth loss and damage to the bone of the mouth. Gum disease is responsible for 70 percent of tooth loss among adults and must treated quickly to optimize outcomes. Periodontal disease treatment is available, but it can be uncomfortable and expensive. It is best to practice prevention.
Twice daily brushing, at minimum, is essential for removing food and bacteria that can contribute to tooth decay. You must be certain to not only brush often, but thoroughly as well. Experts recommend dividing the mouth into quadrants and brushing each section for 30 seconds, for a total of two minutes of brushing.
You should floss at least once daily with similar diligence. Floss for two minutes working between all teeth from the back to front of the mouth on both sides, top and bottom. Flossing gets areas between teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach, including improving the impact of fluoride in toothpaste and mouth rinses, especially along the gum line.
A healthy diet can also help prevent gum disease. Foods that are rich in sugar and starch can aid the bacteria that cause gum disease and inflammation. Choose fresh fruits and vegetables as main staples in your diet. Drink lots of water, including fluoridated tap water.
Talk to your dentist in Allentown if you have concerns about inflammation of the gums or other issues with your oral health. You can prevent gum disease with a healthy lifestyle and diligence to your dental care routine.
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