Did you know that gum disease can threaten your teeth? The advanced stage of gum disease can cause teeth to loosen and fall out. This is why your daily oral hygiene efforts matter. Let’s take a look!
Gum disease occurs when oral bacteria mix with oral debris and mucus to form plaque around and under the gum line which hardens when it isn’t removed regularly. You see, the mouth houses millions of bacteria, and when it forms into plaque, it coats the teeth and gums. Hardened plaque needs to be removed by your dental team with a professional cleaning.
Initially, plaque and tartar inflame your gums and cause them to swell and turn red. This is the early stage of gum disease known as gingivitis. Luckily, this stage is highly treatable and can be reversed. You will likely need to step up your daily oral hygiene of brushing and flossing and see your dentist for routine cleanings to remove tartar buildup.
Should gingivitis be ignored, the consequences can be severe. Gum disease will only worsen with time without intervention. The advanced stage is known as periodontitis, and this is a worsening of the inflammation of the gum tissue which protects your teeth.
As the gums pull away from the teeth, they leave behind spaces known as pockets, which become infected. As your body fights back against this infection and the bacteria releases toxins, plaque spreads underneath the gum line.
The result is a breakdown of the bone and connective tissue holding the teeth in place. Without intervention, periodontitis destroys the bones, gums, and tissue supporting the teeth. This causes the teeth to become loose and fall out or need removing.
You can prevent gum disease from threatening your smile by brushing and flossing daily and seeing your dentist regularly. To schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Charles Peter, please call our office in Clearwater, Florida, at 727-785-7202 today.