Bright and shiny teeth shouldn’t be the only reason you keep up with your brushing and flossing. Without proper care, you could develop gum disease. In fact, nearly half of adults over the age of 30 show at least some signs of gum disease. It’s important to see a dentist at least twice a year for a thorough cleaning to ensure it doesn’t continue to worsen.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is caused by plaque, a colorless film of bacteria that can harden to form tartar around the teeth. Over time, if plaque is not removed, the tissue that attaches the gums to the teeth will cause the gums to be red and swollen.
Eventually, the gums will recede from the teeth and create pockets between the teeth and gums, allowing for an increase in plaque buildup. To be diagnosed with gum disease, your dentist will have to examine your teeth and gums, then measure the space in between them.
Some other common symptoms include:
It feels great to have a healthy smile. Along with that fresh sensation, here are some other amazing benefits that come with treating gum disease.
Even if you’re brushing your teeth regularly, gum disease is still possible. We can examine your smile and recommend treatment options if necessary. Contact the Smile Xperts today to schedule an appointment.