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Posts for: October, 2016

By Arnold Bansen, DDS
October 10, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  

Commonly referred to as gum disease, periodontal disease is a condition in which the gums of the mouth have become infected. Gum gum diseasedisease can be as minor as a bit of mild inflammation of the gums or it can be more serious, eventually leading to tooth loss. Maintaining good oral hygiene daily and having professional dental cleanings done regularly are important steps in preventing the development of gum disease. Dr. Arnold Bansen, your Sterling Heights, MI family dentist, can help you maintain healthy gums.

Gum Disease Causes & Symptoms

Gum disease is caused by bacteria that has formed plaque on the teeth. Daily brushing and flossing help remove plaque from the teeth. However, over time, plaque that has not been removed can develop into tartar, which cannot be removed with regular brushing and flossing. Plaque and tartar buildup can lead to gingivitis, the early form of gum disease. Professional dental cleanings are the best way to remove plaque and tartar and to keep gingivitis and gum disease at bay.

Gums that are tender, red or swollen are likely affected by gum disease. Other symptoms associated with gum disease include receding gums, bad breath, gums that bleed after brushing or flossing, toothaches, loose teeth and even the loss of teeth. In general, gums that are inflamed and feel tender or sore are probably infected and should be treated by a professional dentist. Your Sterling Heights family dentistry practice can help stop the progression of the gum disease and improve the health of your gums and teeth.

Gum Disease Risk Factors

Aside from not brushing and flossing regularly, there are other factors that can increase an individual’s risk of developing gum disease. A major risk factor associated with developing gum disease is smoking. Further, smoking makes it difficult to successfully treat gum disease.

Other factors associated with an increased risk of developing gum disease include having diabetes, taking certain medications, changes in hormone levels (in females) and a genetic predisposition. Diabetes increases risk because diabetic patients are already more susceptible to developing infections. Medications increase risk by reducing the amount of saliva in the mouth, which is needed to protect against gum disease and other infections.

Whether you have signs of gum disease or simply want to prevent it, professional treatment and cleanings from Dr. Bansen's office of family dentistry in Sterling Heights, MI can help. Make an appointment by calling (586) 979-1450.