Periodontal disease, also commonly known as gum disease, can have a serious impact on your oral health. In short, periodontal disease is an inflammation of the gum tissue that is caused bacteria, plaque and tartar.
Bacteria in your mouth can feed on food particles and sugar from beverages and other sweet foods. These deposits form plaque, and if plaque is not removed daily, it hardens into tartar, which should only be removed by a dental health professional.
Tartar near the gum line can cause gum tissue to pull away from the teeth. This exposes protected parts of your teeth and bone material in the jaw to bacterial infection.
The early symptoms of periodontal disease include red and swollen gums, bleeding during brushing and flossing, and even persistent bad breath. More severe symptoms might also include a difference in the way your teeth bite together or a feeling like your teeth are slightly loose in the gums.
Prevention through an effective oral hygiene regimen is the best tool for fighting periodontal disease. Brushing your teeth twice a day helps remove food particles before bacteria can try to turn them into plaque.
Flossing once every day — preferably before bedtime — will also help improve overall gum health. Excess plaque between the teeth can lead to a buildup of tartar. This is another reason why visiting our office for your regular checkups is so important.
During your appointment, we monitor your mouth for early warning signs, answer your questions and help you improve your brushing and flossing techniques. If you have questions about gum disease, please feel free to call us at 661-254-4000 to schedule an appointment. We’ll look forward to serving you.