Save Your Smile from Gum Disease!
Gum disease (periodontitis) is the number one cause of tooth loss. It’s also a condition that can be prevented and treated. Dr. Marc Whitmore and his team at Whitmore Dental regularly care for patients with different levels of gum disease.
What causes gum disease?
The bacteria that live in our mouths form plaque – a coating that forms on our teeth. Plaque left on the teeth turns into tartar, a hard substance that can only be removed by a dental professional. Plaque and tartar close to or below the gum line can cause gum disease to begin.
Watch out for bleeding gums
If your gums bleed when you brush, or feel tender, you may be experiencing the first phase of gum disease, known as gingivitis. Other symptoms of early gum disease include bad breath, teeth that look longer due to receding gums, and swollen, sore gums.
Left untreated, gingivitis can become advanced gum disease, known as periodontitis. Infection grows below the gum line, damaging the tissues and bones that support your teeth. Teeth start to become loose.
Who is at risk?
Gum disease is most common in people over 30, but gingivitis can even occur in kids and teens. While anyone can develop gum disease, individuals with certain health conditions face an even higher risk. These conditions include diabetes, cancer, or conditions that compromise the immune system. Smokers are also at higher risk.
What can I do?
Early gum disease (gingivitis) can be treated and reversed! A professional dental cleaning can remove plaque and tartar from your mouth. When you brush twice a day (two minutes each time) and floss every day, you can keep gum disease far away. Give some extra attention to your gum line, back teeth, and areas around fillings and crowns.
If you have advanced gum disease, the Whitmore Dental team offers many different levels of treatment that can restore the health of your smile. To learn more, contact Dee Dee and Janet today at 877-779-4486 to schedule your visit.