What Is Periodontal Disease?
Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss? Are they red or swollen? Studies show that most Americans over age thirty have bleeding gums.
The fact is that swollen or bleeding gums are the first indicators of periodontal, or gum, disease. When left untreated, the disease can spread and infect your teeth to their roots. Over time, your teeth may get loose enough to need to be pulled.
“Peri” is Greek for around, and “dontal” means tooth. Periodontal disease, then, refers to the area around the teeth, including gums and jawbone. Contact your Arcadia, CA dental team if you find yourself with swollen or bleeding gums.
How Does Periodontal Disease Affect Your Overall Health?
Periodontal disease may start around your teeth, but as it advances it can begin to affect your general health. Gum disease has been linked to the following:
- Heart disease
- Respiratory disease
Therefore, it's important not only for the health of your smile, but also for your overall health to seek out treatment when you first see the signs of periodontal disease.
Why Do We Get Periodontal Disease?
The very plaque that your dentist cleans for you contains bacteria that over time leads to gum disease. Only a professional cleaning can truly get rid of plaque and tartar build-up, and thus the bacteria. While this is the main cause of gum disease – there are other factors, including disease, genetics, smoking, medication, and even braces or misaligned teeth that can contribute.
How Do I Prevent Periodontal Disease?
Only by maintaining a good oral hygiene routine and regular dentist visits can we prevent periodontal disease. Brush and floss every day, twice a day, and rinse your mouth with water after meals. When oral hygiene is irregular, plaque will build up on the teeth and spread to the gum line.
To learn if your oral health routine can benefit from a dental cleaning, we recommend making an appointment with our Arcadia, CA dental office.
Understanding How to Care for Your Teeth
It’s easy to practice good oral health and maintain your beautiful smile. Schedule a cleaning with Dr. Kim and her staff every six months to ensure everything looks good.
For teeth cleaning appointments, please contact Maria Kim, DMD. We love to see new faces!