Did you know that approximately 75% of Americans over the age of 35 have some form of gum disease? Naturally, gum disease could cause minor problems—such as swollen or bleeding gums—or other serious problems like tooth loss. Sadly, gum disease can be difficult to identify. In fact, many people aren’t even aware of what gum disease is. In fact, some claim that 60% of individuals don’t know what gum disease is or how it can be treated.
So what is gum disease? Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums. Typically, gum disease is caused by bacteria, plaque and tartar. Please remember that tartar is hardened plaque, and that tartar should only be removed by a dental professional. However, if tartar isn’t removed and gum disease isn’t treated, it can lead to infections in your gums. Sadly, this infection can enter your bloodstream, which can cause issues throughout your entire body.
Fortunately, there are a few ways you can recognize gum disease. For instance, if your gums bleed, are red or swollen, or if you notice consistent bad breath, a bad taste in your mouth, a receding gum line, or even shifting teeth, you may be dealing with gum disease.
Unfortunately, gum disease can be caused by poor oral hygiene, smoking, or poor nutrition. Fortunately, our dentist can examine the health of your teeth, and develop a plan to help you. Luckily, if you brush and floss well, you can stop bacteria from spreading and may be able to reverse gum disease. Similarly, antibiotics may be useful if your gum disease is severe enough.
If you’re worried about gum disease, we recommend visiting our team as soon as possible. Our dentist, Dr. Roy A. Smith, III and our team will assess your smile and determine what you can do to enjoy a healthy smile again. If you would like to schedule an appointment with us, please schedule an appointment with Rocky Ridge Dental Associates at 205-979-8070. We’re eager to hear from you!