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Preventing Gum Disease

Woman with thoothbrush in handIf you’ve been diagnosed, rest assured you’re not alone! In fact, according to the CDC, half of American adults have gum disease and, as a result, many will end up losing at least one tooth. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in America! If you’re over the age of 65 and male, your chances of developing gum disease are even higher.

Luckily, there are things you can do to prevent gum disease and keep your teeth intact. However, in order to prevent gum disease, you should understand a little about what causes it and how it progresses.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease begins to occur when bacteria from plaque starts to lodge below the gum line and around the roots of the teeth. This will irritate the gum tissue, causing it to become inflamed and eventually pull away from the teeth. As a result of this gum recession, the roots of the teeth become less stable and become more likely to fall out.

The first stages of gum disease (gingivitis) cause red, swollen, tender, and irritated gum tissue. You may also notice bleeding when brushing your teeth. If you overlook these signs, the gingivitis may progress into periodontitis, which is a more severe form of gum disease. This is the stage during which teeth begin to fall out. This is why it’s important to visit the dentist at the first signs of gingivitis.

Preventing Gum Disease

Preventing gum disease is actually quite simple. Below are a few ways to make sure you keep gum disease at bay:

  • Brush & Floss – Brushing and flossing regularly will rid your teeth of the plaque that can cause gum disease. Make sure you’re brushing your teeth and gums at least twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, and flossing every day at least once a day.
  • Visit the Dentist – Visiting SpringRock Dental every six months will not only help to prevent gum disease but also means that we can catch it in the early stages when it’s much simpler to treat.
  • Quit Tobacco – Lastly, smoking or chewing tobacco has been shown to dramatically increase the risk of gum disease. We recommend quitting the use of these products.

If you’re showing any of the signs of gum disease, please contact SpringRock Dental as soon as possible. Our family dental office is located here in Aurora, Colorado.

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