If you search for it on the internet, the term “gum disease” would bring back millions of search query results, ranging from descriptions of its symptoms to helpful (and some not-so-helpful) tips for dealing with it. Still, you might not realize how easily, or discreetly, it might develop, or worse, you might believe that you can do enough on your own to prevent it from forming. Unfortunately, nearly everyone may be vulnerable to developing gum disease, and if you are not diligent in your hygiene and maintaining regular dental visits, then you may have more to deal with than you expected.
How it All Begins
Gingivitis is the first stage of developing gum disease, and is caused by a culmination of factors—the most significant being excessive amounts of oral bacteria. The bacteria that make up dental plaque are many, but the ones that tend to linger around your gum line are particularly dangerous. If not removed with twice-daily brushing and flossing, the germs can cause an infection that leads to gum recession and pockets between your teeth and gums. As gingivitis grows more prominent, other bacteria can incite inflammation in the tissues, and before long, gum disease will develop and begin destroying your gums and periodontal tissues.
How You Can Tell If It Shows Up
Inflammation is a telltale sign of gingivitis, but by the time it becomes unmistakable, gum disease may already have matured. Instead, pay attention to the color and appearance of your gums, which can become red and angry-looking, or bleed when you brush and floss your teeth. Mild to moderate gum disease can also cause an increasingly-more noticeable odor to taint your breath. Nevertheless, your best chance at detecting gingivitis and gum disease early is to attend a dental checkup and cleaning at least once every six months, or more often if your gums are already in trouble.
ABOUT YOUR FT. WORTH DENTIST:
Dr. Bob Jing has served patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth for many years. Together with his caring, compassionate, and highly-skilled team at 7 Day Dental, Dr. Jing is dedicated to making good dental health available to as many people as possible. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation or appointment, contact our office closest to you at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive.