An estimated 80 percent of Americans have some form of gum disease, also called periodontal disease. It ranges in severity from gingivitis to full-scale periodontitis. If discovered in its early stages, gum disease is reversible, but it is a chronic condition that can lead to other health problems. Our Mansfield dentists Dr. Blair Jones and Dr. Seth Harris want you to know the facts about periodontal disease.
Gum Disease Basics
- Gum disease is an infection that typically begins with inflammation and reddening of the gums, the soft tissue surrounding your teeth. This is caused by a buildup of dental plaque around and below the gum line. While many people exhibit symptoms, in some people, none are present.
- Hormone fluctuations, use of an albuterol inhaler for asthma, and alcohol and tobacco use can increase the likelihood of developing gum disease. However, it is preventable. A proper oral hygiene regimen, including brushing, flossing, and regular visits to Mansfield Dental Associates can reduce your risk of developing gum disease by keeping your teeth plaque and tartar-free.
- Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. It can be treated with daily brushing and flossing, in addition to dental visits, but once you develop gingivitis, you are at a higher risk for recurrence. If patient’s gum disease progresses past the point of gingivitis, a deep cleaning by a dentist will be required to remove tartar from below the gum line.
A Slippery Slope
Gum disease starts small but can develop into a serious problem that can lead to lead to bone and tissue necrosis and tooth loss, and it can also put you at greater risk for other systemic diseases. The best way to ensure your gums stay healthy is to visit our Mansfield dentists every six months for cleanings and checkups.
Schedule an Appointment
Now that you’re armed with some of the facts about gum disease, it’s up to you to take the next step. Either remain diligent with your oral health care or start today by brushing, flossing, and calling Mansfield Dental Associates . Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris are always accepting new patients. To schedule a consultation, call (817) 259-1357. We serve patients from Mansfield, South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvaredo, Midlothian, and the 76063 area code.