Gum disease is a condition that is given very little attention by most people. In fact, most people take their oral health for granted, but it might surprise you to learn that around 70 to 75 percent of Americans will develop the condition at some stage. This is generally a result of not understanding what gum disease is all about and therefore not taking the proper steps to prevent or treat it.
If gum disease is left to develop over time, it can destroy your teeth and gums. In order to overcome it, you may be forced to endure painful dental surgery and have to pay large out-of-pocket expenses.
Being able to identify the various stages of gum disease can help you protect your teeth and gums by acting before you have to endure permanent damage.
How Is Gum Disease Caused?
Gum disease develops when bacteria and plaque accumulate in your mouth. Bacteria mix with your saliva and form plaque, which is a sticky white substance that appears on your teeth after you eat and even as you sleep. You can clean off the bacteria and plaque by brushing after each meal, but failure to stick to a consistent home dental hygiene routine leads to bacteria and plaque flourishing and causing gum disease.
The bacteria release toxins that irritate the gums, cause inflammation and lead to infection. Over time the condition will worsen and infection can spread through the gum tissue and even down onto the jawbone.
What Are The Symptoms Of Gum Disease?
The most common symptoms of gum disease are:
- Redder than normal gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Swollen and inflamed gums
- Gums beginning to recede, making the teeth look larger
- Constant bad breath
- Bad taste in mouth
- Pain while chewing
- Pus developing between teeth and gums
The Stages Of Gum Disease
The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. Gingivitis is a mild form of the condition and there is little or no pain at this stage. You can reverse gingivitis by following good dental habits – brushing, flossing and rinsing daily. If gingivitis is not treated, it usually progresses to become periodontitis.
Periodontitis is much more serious because by this stage the infection has generally spread under the gums and may be progressing into the bone. Gums recede away from the teeth and this undermines the support offered to them making the teeth wobbly and likely to fall out.
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