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Tooth Loss Often Happens When Gum Disease Does Not Get Treated

Posted on 8/9/2021 by Pine Belt Periodontics
Tooth Loss Often Happens When Gum Disease Does Not Get TreatedGum disease is caused when plaque builds up in the teeth and gum line. Plaque is bacteria that can be removed by brushing, flossing, and regular cleanings. Proper oral healthcare is the best way to prevent gum disease. If the plaque and bacteria remain in the teeth, it could create toxins that damage the gums and turn into periodontal disease.

Risk Factors for Gum Disease

Aside from lack of oral healthcare, there are other risks for gum disease. Certain risk factors can be avoided to prevent the development of gum disease. Specific risk factors include smoking and chewing tobacco, taking certain types of medications, pregnancy, and crooked teeth, old fillings, or bridges that don't fit anymore. Although some of these risk factors may not be avoided, such a pregnancy, there are ways to engage in prevention methods so that you are at limited risk of developing gum disease.

Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

It is possible that you may not realize you have periodontal disease, and when you notice something is wrong, the disease has progressed too much. Symptoms to mindful of are bleeding or tender gums, gums pulling away from the teeth, frequent bad breath, pus between the teeth and gums, loose teeth, or other significant changes in the mouth and gums. If periodontitis progresses too much, it can cause irreversible damage to the gums and bone, and this can cause the teeth to get loose or even fall out. Sometimes, even if they don't fall out, they may have to be removed.

It is possible to prevent gum disease by keeping up with oral healthcare and paying attention to the signs and symptoms of periodontitis. If you have questions about gum disease or you would like to schedule an appointment, please call our office, and our periodontists will be happy to help.

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