Did you know at least 120 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth? When you think of missing teeth, you may think about a traumatic event that knocks a tooth out with physical force. But what if the #1 cause of tooth loss wasn’t physical injury at all? Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is the leading cause of tooth loss and that’s just one of the problems it causes. Keep reading to learn about periodontal disease in Newtown, how to prevent it, and some of its treatment options.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease (periodontal disease) is an inflammation of the gumline that can eventually affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can cause your jawbone to deteriorate, which results in tooth loss.
This disease is caused by plaque that isn’t removed, which hardens into tartar. This hard tartar can only be removed by your dentist. It forms at the gumline and pulls your gums away from your smile, causing little pockets below your teeth to develop and serve as a home for bacteria.
Since many people don’t even know they have gum disease in Newtown, be on the lookout for some of the common symptoms:
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
- Swollen, red, or tender gums
- Receding gums
- Overly sensitive teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Loose teeth
How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?
The best step you can take in preventing gum disease is to maintain a good daily oral healthcare routine. Brush your teeth twice a day, for two minutes each, and floss once a day to clean in between your pearly whites.
You can also use an anti-bacterial mouthwash and toothpaste to lessen the amount of plaque in your mouth. Last but not least, visit your dentist in Newtown for regular checkups. They will be able to check for any signs of gum disease and remove tartar that has built up over time.
What Are My Treatment Options?
If your gum disease has advanced to the point where regular checkups and cleanings aren’t enough, scaling and root planing can be performed to treat the diseased and infected pockets under your teeth. During this treatment, your dentist will remove plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline to treat the main cause of the disease. They may also recommend antibiotic treatment and additional professional cleanings to stay on top of your gum disease.
With gum disease, the longer you wait, the worse it can get. Now that you know what it is, the symptoms, and how to prevent it, be on the lookout for this disease so you don’t become one of the many Americans missing teeth because of it.
About the Practice
At The Dentists of Newtown, we have a team of highly skilled dentists who are ready to help you with any of your dental needs. Dr. Mark Perecman is a board-certified periodontist and Dr. Marissa Cruz has extensive training in periodontal therapy, which means we have two dentists that specialize in gum disease and its treatment. Our dentist can be contacted through their website or by phone at (215) 579-9900 for any questions.