Gingivitis is the first stage of what can become a severely destructive issue if not addressed. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an affliction of the gums that begins with a bacterial infection (gingivitis) resulting from poor oral hygiene. As the leading cause of adult tooth loss, severe gum disease can affect your oral health and quality of life, as well as place your systemic wellbeing at risk. Luckily, the condition doesn’t have to become so serious. If you identify the early symptoms of gingivitis, such as bleeding or sensitive gums, and seek treatment from your Polk City dentist as soon as possible, then gingivitis may be reversed before gum disease develops. While Dr. Hussong can expertly treat and restore your smile after it’s been ravished by gum disease, but warns that identifying and treating gum disease early is preferable to restoring the damage it causes.
Heed the Warning Signs
The infection that leads to gum disease begins with the bacteria found in dental plaque. Some of these microbes release toxins that directly attack gums and their connective tissues, while others incite inflammation that damages and weakens your gums. The irritation can lead to a host of warning symptoms, including;
- Sensitive, tender gums
- Occasional bleeding, often while brushing and flossing your teeth
- Puffiness/swelling (inflammation)
- Gum recession (separation of gums and teeth)
- Darkening of your gum tissue
- Chronic bad breath
Causes, Consequences, and Cures
Dental plaque is a byproduct of over 600 different kinds of oral bacteria, and allowing it to remain on your teeth and gums can lead to a host of dental issues, including gum disease. The most effective method of preventing gum disease is to practice excellent dental hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice every day. While brushing, angle your toothbrush slightly so that its bristles can better clean the area along your gum line. Aside from home care, good dental health also requires regular dental checkups and cleanings at least once every six months. During your visit, we’ll thoroughly clean plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) from your teeth and gums, and Dr. Hussong will thoroughly examine your mouth for signs of gum disease or other dental issues.
About Dr. Ryan Hussong:
Dr. Ryan Hussong is a dedicated restorative, family, and cosmetic dentist who is passionate about helping patients create and maintain beautiful, healthy smiles. Whether your smile is in the grips of a dental disease, or if you merely wish to improve its appearance, Dr. Hussong has the experience to help you find joy in smiling again. To schedule a consultation with us, call the Cornerstone Dental office today at (515) 984-6001.