By Rhonda F. Company DDS, Andrea M. Company DDS & Associates
November 08, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Gum Disease  

Periodontal disease is the number one reason for tooth loss. Unfortunately, almost half of Americans have some form of gum disease. Like other medical and dental conditions, gum disease is a treatable and curable condition. However, the ease and complexity of treatment often depend on spotting gum disease in its early stages. Learn the signs and symptoms of gum disease and how to prevent it with Dr. Rhonda F. Company, Dr. Andrea M. Company, Dr. John W. Patt and Dr. Marilyn Marks-Davis in Canton, OH.

What causes gum disease? 
When you brush and floss, you remove food particles and bacteria built up on your teeth. If allowed to remain on your teeth, the bacteria hardens into plaque. You can remove plaque by brushing and flossing. Eventually, plaque hardens into tartar and only your dentist or dental hygienist can remove tartar from your teeth. These forms of tooth decay eventually begin reaching underneath the gum line, causing the irritation and infection indicative of gum disease.

Do I have gum disease? 
Gum disease has several obvious signs and symptoms, including:

  • sore, irritated gums
  • red or bloody gums
  • gums which bleed when you floss or brush
  • swollen gums
  • gums which separate from the tooth
  • unexplained bad breath
  • receding gums

Preventing Gum Disease in Canton, OH 
Preventing gum disease is as easy as preventing tooth decay. A strong at-home oral care routine coupled with regular visits to your dentist can keep both tooth decay and gum disease at bay. Brush at least twice daily with a soft-bristled brush for at least two minutes. Floss once a day, taking care to use a different strand of floss for each quadrant of your mouth to avoid spreading bacteria throughout the mouth. Regular dental examinations and cleanings are just as important as your at-home oral care routine. See your dentist at least twice a year to give your mouth a clean slate and catch any potential problems early at their most treatable.

For more information on gum disease, please our Canton, OH dentist. Call (330) 455-0706 to schedule your appointment today!

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