Fort Smith, AR
When patients have an excess of naturally occurring bacteria in their mouth it can lead to gum disease. While these bacteria are naturally found in the mouth, providing a valuable service in maintaining a high level of oral cavity health, they can become dangerous and even destructive to both the soft and hard tissues of the mouth. They are cleaned relatively easily by regular brushing and flossing but if patients do not practice good oral hygiene, they can not only cause rampant tooth decay but can also lead to periodontal disease and eventual tooth loss, either naturally or through tooth extractions to remove diseased and decayed teeth. When gum disease progresses, it can become incurable. Anyone believing they have the start of gum disease or are worried about particular symptoms they may have should contact us immediately. We are located at Harper Dental.
What Causes of Periodontal Disease?
While many people think that periodontal disease is an infection caught like the flu it is in fact brought on by the simple lack of oral hygiene. Sure, there are contributing factors which may cause a particular person to be more likely to develop it, but it all boils down to one simple thing. And that is the lack of brushing and flossing. Without a regular practice of good oral hygiene, the bacteria which builds up can become tartar and eventually plaque. This can irritate the gums and begin the first stages of gum disease.
When it first begins, the plaque build-up can irritate the gums causing them to become sore or even bleed. In some cases, an exaggerated sensitivity along the gums and through the jaw and teeth can occur. As mentioned, there are specific factors which can cause some patients to become more likely to develop gum disease than others. Those patients going through puberty, pregnancy, or menopause can have differing levels of hormones which can make it more likely they can get gum disease. Also, any patient who smokes regularly or uses tobacco products of any kind has a greater chance of getting gum disease. If caught in the earliest stage, gum disease can be treated and even reversed which is why it is so important to have regular evaluations and dental cleanings to discover it as soon as possible.
What Are the Symptoms?
While there are some symptoms, there is likely no pain associated with it. When patients have the earliest stage, known as gingivitis, they can have sore gums which bleed while brushing. They can also experience soreness along the jaw and in the teeth. If left unchecked, the disease can lead to bone mass loss and extensive tooth loss, including unwanted tooth extractions.
How to Prevent Gum Disease
For those patients who did not listen to their parents tell them to always brush and floss, unfortunately, it is true. It is the best way to ward off the beginning stages of periodontal disease. Patients should also schedule regular dental cleanings and examinations on a bi-annual basis too. It is important patients realize that gum disease can lead to complications throughout the body including diabetes and heart disease.
Contact us today at Harper Dental to find out more. We are also available at this number: (479) 431-0280.