If you experience bleeding while brushing and flossing, you may have gum disease. Ignoring the early signs of gum disease can lead to serious oral health problems, including tooth loss. General dentistry treatments are essential for preventing gum disease, protecting oral health, and keeping the smile looking and functioning at its best. Don't let gum disease go untreated. To find out which gum disease and tooth loss treatments are right for you, schedule a consultation with Knoxville, TN dentist Thomas G. Zarger.
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is an infection caused by the bacteria found in plaque and tartar. The early stages of gum disease, known as gingivitis, are often marked by red, inflamed, tender gums. Bleeding is often present when brushing and flossing. If left untreated, gingivitis may progress to the more severe form of gum disease, called periodontitis. Periodontitis is also recognized by bleeding gums, as well as chronic bad breath, pockets between the gums and teeth, and gum recession.
Gum disease is dangerous to oral health, ultimately leading to tooth loss if left untreated. There are many ways in which gum disease can lead to tooth loss, causing irreversible damage. Some of ways in which gum disease can lead to tooth loss include:
Gum disease and related tooth loss can be prevented with proper oral hygiene habits and regular dental care. Brushing and flossing are essential to oral hygiene and should never be skipped. Be sure to brush the teeth at least twice a day for a full two minutes each brushing, paying close attention to the hard to reach areas of the back teeth and along the gum line. Flossing is just as important as brushing and should be done at least once a day, everyday. Flossing is more effective at removing plaque between the teeth and along the gum line than flossing alone. Also, seeing your dentists every six months for a checkup and cleaning can further prevent gum disease, tooth loss, and many other oral health problems.
If you suffer from gum disease or tooth loss, you can enjoy restored dental health and function with treatment from Dr. Zarger. To learn more about your treatment options, we encourage you to schedule a consultation today.