Gum Disease–what’s that?
On average, 50% of adults suffer from bleeding gums and Gum Disease is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults over 35.
Diabetics are twice. as likely to develop serious gum disease. Some factors that increase your risk are smoking, crooked teeth, defective fillings and lack of dental care- including flossing.
The initial stage of gum disease is gingivitis, which is reversible, and you can do it at home. Flossing and brushing and a good alcohol free mouthwash (with fluoride to prevent cavities!) and you will see less bleeding in one week.
However, if all the plaque is not removed, the plaque “dies” and hardens onto your teeth- then tartar has formed. Tartar cannot be removed with regular brush and floss and you need to see a hygienist for a dental cleaning.
The build up of tartar infects your gums, teeth and the bone that supports them, leading to a more severe form of gum disease: periodontitis. Left untreated, periodontitis can cause loss of bone and teeth.
The signs of gum disease are not always easy to see and can be painless. The earlier gum disease is caught, the easier it is to treat. Seeing your dentist and hygienist regularly is important so they can help you to avoid this very common problem.
Our hygienists: Laurie and Stacy are always happy to explain this or any questions to you at your next visit! Come on in to our Prescott AZ Dentist Office for a visit.
Call us at (928) 445-8980
Prescott Dental Arts
1787 Willow Creek Rd.
Prescott, AZ 86301