Does Periodontal (Gum) Disease Affect the Teeth? If So, How?
Periodontal (gum) disease affects the teeth in a big way because the teeth need the gums to survive and thrive. Additionally, the bacterial acids produced also eat away at tooth enamel, so you are probably experiencing tooth decay while you are getting gum disease.
What Is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is stage one of periodontal (gum) disease. It is when the gums become inflamed. This is the best time to treat periodontal (gum) disease because, at this stage, it can be reversed. You may have red, tender, and swollen gums that are prone to bleed at this stage.
What Is Periodontitis?
Periodontitis is full-blown periodontal (gum) disease. It is when the infection has really set into the gums and teeth. The gums recede in a big way, leaving visible pockets between the gums and teeth. Periodontal (gum) pockets that are 3 mm or larger indicate a progression from gingivitis into periodontitis.
What Can I Do to Prevent Periodontal (Gum) Disease?
Prevention is key in mitigating periodontal (gum) disease. For reasons we don’t fully understand yet, some people are more prone to periodontal disease. That said, anyone can get it, and it can happen at any age. Of course, the older you are, the more likely you are to have gum disease, but prevention is best when started young.
The number one thing you can do is brush and floss daily and maintain your regularly scheduled dental cleanings at Downey Dental Arts in Southern California. Also, be sure to reduce unnecessary sugar in your diet, which can contribute to gum disease. Sugar feeds bacteria.