Do you have gums that feel sore, especially when you brush your teeth? If so, then you may be experiencing a possible warning sign of gingivitis, or possibly even the early stages of periodontal disease. If your gums hurt, then you need treatment. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at the factors behind the onset of gum disease.
Frequently Asked Questions About Gum Disease
Question: What are the common warning signs of gingivitis?
Answer: Periodontal disease initially begins as inflammation, also known as gingivitis. Patients with gum inflammation may notice discomfort when brushing or flossing, possibly even bleeding. In addition, redness can develop as well. If you recognize one or more of these possible warning sign then please see us right away!
Question: Can periodontal disease be cured?
Answer: While gingivitis can be reversed, once gum disease forms it cannot be cured. Instead, we will need to manage it to prevent the onset of periodontitis, the advanced stage responsible for adult tooth loss.
Question: What factors can impact my risk?
Answer: Poor oral hygiene can allow plaque buildup to accumulate on the teeth, leading to inflammation and eventually, the onset of gum disease. Other factors can include a family history of gum problems, smoking and tobacco use, or inflammatory illnesses.
Question: Can I take steps to prevent gingivitis and/or gum disease?
Answer: Yes! First, be sure you brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a night, which can limit the amount of plaque that accumulates on your teeth. In addition, schedule an appointment twice a year with us for a thorough dental cleaning, which can remove the plaque that brushing and flossing alone cannot.
If you have any questions about identifying and preventing gum disease, then please contact our office today.