Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common yet preventable condition that affects the tissues surrounding your teeth. At Hopefield Family Dentistry, we are committed to educating our patients about this condition to promote optimal oral health. Here are some frequently asked questions regarding gum disease, with detailed answers to guide you.
Common Questions About Gum Disease
What is gum disease?
Gum disease refers to the inflammation of the gum line, which can progress to affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. It is categorized into stages: gingivitis (the earliest stage), periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis.
What causes gum disease?
The primary cause of gum disease is the accumulation of plaque — a sticky film composed mainly of bacteria. Other factors that can contribute include poor oral hygiene, smoking, hormonal changes, diabetes, medications, and genetic predisposition.
How can I prevent gum disease?
Maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine that includes daily brushing and flossing. Regular dental checkups and cleanings can also help detect and prevent early signs of gum disease.
What are the signs and symptoms of gum disease?
Common signs include swollen or red gums, bleeding gums while brushing or flossing, persistent bad breath, receding gums, loose teeth, and pain when chewing.
I think my gums are receding. What should I do?
Receding gums can be a sign of gum disease or might be due to other factors like aggressive brushing. It is essential to consult with Dr. Paul Huffaker to determine the cause and get appropriate treatment recommendations.
How is gum disease treated?
Treatment depends on the severity of the disease. For early stages, professional cleanings and improved daily oral care might suffice. For more advanced cases, scaling and root planing, gum graft surgery, or even bone grafts might be necessary.
Can gum disease lead to other health complications?
Yes. Research has linked gum disease to complications like heart disease, diabetes, respiratory diseases, and even premature births.
Prioritize Your Gum Health Today!
Gum health plays a pivotal role in your overall oral and systemic health. Our dentist and team in Centerville, Utah, are here to guide you every step of the way. If you have concerns about your gums or any other dental issue, do not hesitate to reach out at 385-245-8247.