The thought of gum disease is terrifying and, sadly, an unfortunate reality for many people. To make matters worse, there is a lot of false and misleading information concerning gum disease that people have accepted as true.
Listed below is some of the more widespread misinformation about gum disease and what you really need to know.
This statement is false. Gum disease, clinically known as periodontal disease, is a common occurrence. More than 50% of Americans who are 30-years-old or older have some type of periodontal disease.
Gum disease gets its start when the connective tissues that keep your teeth in place become infected. This is usually due to the presence of plaque, which has been allowed to accumulate in the mouth, usually from a lack of regular bruising and flossing. This viscous biofilm, comprised entirely of bacteria, will eventually solidify and form tartar. Routine dental cleanings get rid of any plaque build-up you may have and help you maintain healthy gums.
This statement is also false. Just because you don’t have any cavities does not automatically mean that you don’t have some form of gum disease. For most of its development, gum disease is asymptomatic and does not cause pain. As a result, many people are entirely unaware that something is wrong until it is too late.
One of the very first stages of periodontal gum disease is gingivitis. Symptoms include gums that are sore, bright red, and/or inflamed. At this stage, the problem can still be rectified. Making an appointment with your dentist as soon as you notice the early signs of gingivitis will give them time to remedy the situation with a professional tooth cleaning and a meticulous at-home oral care regimen.
Recognizing the early signs of gum disease is the first step towards reducing not just your chances of developing periodontal disease, but other kinds of issues with your gums as well. This is especially true for those who have certain underlying medical conditions that increase the risk of gum disease. The earlier you notice the warning signs, the more treatable gum disease is.
At McBride Dental, we want to help you and your family do everything possible to have and preserve healthy teeth and gums. By scheduling regular appointments with your California family dentist and practicing the oral care techniques we teach you, your whole family will easily maintain teeth that are healthy, strong, and effective.
The San Marcos offices of Dr. Michael McBride are staffed with reputable, professional San Diego area dentists that are ready to address any concerns you may have regarding common dental procedures, as well as preventative, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry. We also provide sedation dentistry treatments as an option for our patients with severe dental anxiety.
It is our job to help you and your family establish healthy dental habits to make sure that your teeth will always be there when you need them and your smile will always look great.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with a San Marcos dentist, please give us a call at (760) 471-1003 and speak with a trained member of our dental staff today.