Did you know that according the Centers for Disease Control, over 50% of adults in the United States suffer from gum disease? Periodontal disease affects millions of Americans and can eventually threaten the stability of your smile. Thankfully, your Livonia dentist, Dr. James Stewart, provides the necessary treatment to help prevent this serious medical issue. In today’s blog, Dr. Stewart discusses some simple methods of avoiding periodontitis.
Causes and Symptoms of Gum Disease
Over time, bacteria can coat your teeth in a sticky substance known as plaque. Patients with plaque buildup often experience gum inflammation. Also known as gingivitis, inflammation can cause the gums to begin pulling away from the teeth, forming pockets at the gum line. Once bacteria reach these pockets, the patient may develop gum disease. Patients with gum disease report a litany of symptoms, including:
- Sore, red gums
- Swollen gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
In addition to tooth loss, untreated gum disease may increase a patient’s risk of serious medical disorders such as heart attack, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes complications. Gum disease can be caused by a variety of factors, including illness, hormonal issues, and the most common cause: bad oral hygiene.
Preventing Gum Disease
So, how do you avoid these painful symptoms? First, always maintain good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss once, and rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash. These simple steps help cleanse your mouth of the harmful bacteria that can lead to gingivitis. In addition, always maintain regular checkups and dental cleanings. The American Dental Association recommends people undergo a checkup and dental cleanings once every six months. A checkup allows Dr. Stewart to watch for any signs of gum disease and prescribe immediate treatment. A cleaning helps prevent gum disease by removing the layers of plaque buildup from your teeth.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Livonia General Dentist
Are you exhibiting the uncomfortable and often painful symptoms of gum disease? Then talk to your Livonia general dentist, Dr. Stewart, today. Dr. Stewart can provide a diagnosis and sit down with you to discuss treatment options. We provide general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to maintain beautiful smiles for the entire family! Contact our 48154 dentist office. Schedule a visit by calling (734) 425-4400. We serve patients from Livonia, Farmington, Farmington Hills, and surrounding areas.