What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, occurs as a result of a bacterial infection. When bacteria build up in your mouth, they irritate your sensitive gum tissue. This irritation triggers a response from your immune system, which causes your gums to become inflamed. These early symptoms, as well as bleeding when you brush and floss, are easily treated, but often overlooked. As a result, gum disease continues to get worse.
As the condition worsens, your gum tissue begins to pull away from your teeth, forming pockets. Bacteria collect in these pockets, which causes the tissue to continue to pull away and the pockets to grow deeper. Bacteria also begin attacking periodontal ligaments and your jawbone, weakening these supportive structures. The longer you go without treatment, the worse the condition becomes, and can ultimately result in tooth loss.
Am I at Risk for Gum Disease?
There are several factors that can increase your risk of developing gum disease. These factors include:
Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease
There are several symptoms that can point toward gum disease. The symptoms you experience will depend on how advanced the condition is. Symptoms of gum disease include:
How is Gum Disease Treated?
Treatment for gum disease will depend on how severe your condition is. After a thorough oral exam, we can determine the extent of the condition and which treatment or treatments will provide you with the best results. Common treatments for gum disease include:
Treating gum disease is essential for restoring the health of your mouth. Following treatment, it is imperative that you take action to prevent it from occurring again. If you notice any signs of symptoms of gum disease, call Florida Prosthodontics at (321) 252-9950 to schedule your consultation today.
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