Gum Disease Awareness Month: The Stages of Gum Disease

 Gum Disease Awareness Month: The Stages of Gum Disease Though many people try to avoid it, gum disease is one of the world’s most common oral health problems. Despite your best efforts, gum disease can occur if you do not brush frequently enough or long enough, skip flossing, or miss your annual cleanings.

In honor of Gum Disease Awareness Month, we are putting the spotlight on this common oral health condition, how it develops, and treatment options.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an infection that targets the soft tissue surrounding your teeth. Most cases follow a similar progression:

Plaque Forms

Plaque is a sticky substance composed of bacteria. It appears when the microscopic organisms in your mouth consume starches and sugars. You can prevent this buildup by brushing and flossing.

Plaque Hardens

If left unchecked, plaque hardens, producing a tough layer of tartar. At this point, the only way to remove it is through professional cleaning. Leaving things will eventually lead to tooth decay.

Gingivitis Develops

Gingivitis is a type of gum disease. When things get this far, most oral health professionals recommend a combination of professional and self-care. Gingivitis causes swelling and sensitivity. Without treatment, it can lead to a more serious form of gum disease: periodontitis.

Periodontitis Develops

Periodontitis patients suffer from deep infections. This can eat away at tissue, separating your teeth and gums, and allow more plaque, tartar, and bacteria to accumulate. Eventually, you could permanently lose bone and gum tissue.

Periodontitis also taxes your immune system by forcing it to constantly fight infection. This may exacerbate your other health issues.

Dealing With Gum Disease

There are many ways to lower your odds of gum disease. You can improve your brushing and flossing routine to prevent plaque buildup and tartar development. You can also give up smoking, vaping, or chewing tobacco. If you’re overweight or obese, losing weight or improving your nutrition to include a balanced diet with ample vitamin C may help.

Some hazards are outside your control. For instance, your genetics play a part. Also, having compromised immunity is another risk factor. Patients with cancer, diabetes, or taking medications that cause dry mouth can face an elevated risk.

Although these factors may not be controllable, your dentist can develop a preventive treatment plan to protect your oral health.

Start Fighting Gum Disease With Robert D. Bankhardt, DDS, Inc.

Gum disease is a serious condition, and it deserves professional attention. Visit our Simi Valley, CA office to meet with Dr. Robert Bankhardt or Dr. Casey Patterson, dedicated dentists who love to make their patients smile.

Please book your appointment online today or call 805-584-1194.

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Casey Patterson, DDS
Casey Patterson, DDS and Robert D. Bankhardt, DDS
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