Preventing The Most Common Cause of Tooth Loss
Gum, or Periodontal, disease is an infection of the tissues that support the teeth. It is the most common cause of tooth loss. And in most cases, gum disease is either preventable or treatable.
Gum disease is caused by plaque, a film of bacteria which irritates the gum tissues. In the early stages of gum disease (gingivitis), the tissues become irritated, sore, and red. This is reversible with proper cleaning, brushing, and flossing. When gum disease progresses, it is called periodontitis. Gums and the bone that supports the teeth can become seriously damaged, causing gums to be sore and bleed. Ultimately, it causes teeth to become loose and fall out, or become so damaged they have to be removed by a dentist.
Periodontitis can be treated with medications and with a treatment called Scaling and Root Planing (SRP). During SRP, the dentist cleans out plaque between the gums and teeth down to the tooth root, using local anesthesia to numb the tissue. This removed the material that accelerates the disease.
If you are experiencing bleeding gums, soreness, or loose teeth, it’s important to schedule an appointment immediately. Click here to make an appointment.