The Silent Signs of Gum Disease
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Gum disease is a serious health problem that ranges from gum inflammation to major issues like damage to the bones that support the teeth. Gum disease is caused when bacteria multiply and form plaque on your teeth. If you don’t brush and floss your teeth after meals, especially meals that have a lot of sugar, the bacteria can eat away at the enamel on your teeth. Plaque that stays in place for a long period of time causes tartar, which needs to be removed by our dentist.
When there is tartar on the teeth, the gums can become inflamed. This makes them bleed or become red and is often called gingivitis. Gingivitis is a gum disease, but it can be reversed with proper oral health and a deep cleaning at the dentist. If left untreated, periodontitis can form. If the periodontitis becomes too advanced, the bone and tissues in the mouth are broken down and loss of teeth is possible.
There are a few signs of gum disease that you can look for: bad breath, swollen or red gums, gums that bleed when brushed or flossed, teeth that are sensitive to hot or cold food or drink, and gums that recede.
Certain people are at a higher risk for gum disease than others, especially people with diabetes. It is common for people with diabetes to develop periodontal disease earlier in life than people without diabetes. If not reversed in time, the tissue and bone can break down in the mouth and cause a loss of teeth.
Visiting your dentist regularly is an important way to guard against gum disease. The dentist or dental hygienist will be able to remove tartar that has built up in the mouth and can see the warning signs of gum disease. If you are told you have gum disease, your dentist will provide you with steps to take to reverse it.
Dr. Lattinelli cares about you and your oral health. If you haven’t been to the dentist in awhile, call us today at 212-752-7188 to make an appointment. Our Upper East Side dentistry office is conveniently located at 121 East 60th Street in New York. Your mouth will thank you.