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Gum Disease

Your oral hygiene and lifestyle habits can influence your gum health. For stronger teeth, make sure your gums are healthy!

Gums can be affected severely because of poor hygiene and diet. In fact, gum disease is one of the most common dental health problems we see today!

Also called periodontal disease, gum disease is basically an infection in the gums that are surrounding your teeth. In adults, it remains one of the top reasons of tooth loss. It is virtually pain-free, and so many patients remain unaware of gum disease.

Dentists look for signs of tooth decay and periodontal disease during regular checkups. We do this by measuring the space present between your gums and the teeth.

What causes gum disease?

It is caused by plaque buildup- a sticky layer of bacteria formed on the teeth. If not removed with brushing, flossing or regular dental checkups, plaque continues building up. It produces toxins that damage your gums.

The disease starts just below the gum line, creating small pockets and separating gums from the teeth. It occurs in two stages:

What increase your risk of developing periodontal disease?

Certain health complications and lifestyle habits can increase the risk. These factors make regular dental visits all the more necessary for you.

Common symptoms of gum disease include:

Treating gum disease

Treatments vary depending on the severity of individual gum disease cases. Typically, it includes:

Preventing gum disease

Regular checkups and examinations can help maintain your dental health. Maintain good oral hygiene and you won’t have to fear losing your teeth to periodontal disease. Good hygiene can significantly reduce your chances of getting gum disease.

For a healthy smile: brush your teeth regularly, carefully clean between the teeth, take a balanced diet and visit the dentist for routine checkups!

Bleeding gums are one of the most common cases of gum disease that generally goes untreated—paving the way for more dental problems.

One of the quickest ways to diagnose gum disease is evaluating the space between your teeth and gums, and sensing their level of sensitivity. Most people tend to report bleeding gums while brushing their teeth—an area we specialize in at Alexandria Art of Dentistry.

Please feel free to speak with us if you have any questions!
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