Understanding Gum Disease, the Symptoms and Causes
Gum disease is a very common problem affecting people of all ages. In fact, it is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. There are many different causes of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. If you live in the area of Aliso Viejo, California, and are concerned that you may be suffering from gum disease, it is important to see Dr. Claire Cho of the Dental Health and Aesthetic Center for diagnosis and treatment.
Understanding gum disease
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a gum infection that can progress and lead to gum recession if it’s not treated. Periodontal disease starts as gingivitis, which is an irritation of gum tissue caused by plaque build-up. This can be easily treated with a routine dental cleaning at your dentist’s office. If gum inflammation progresses without treatment for several months or years, the gum (periodontium) will start to pull back away from the teeth. This creates pockets of space between the tooth roots and gum tissue where bacteria builds up and causes further damage.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
Below are some of the most common signs that gum recession may be present:
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss your teeth
- Red, swollen gums
- Persistent bad breath (halitosis)
- Receding gum line
- Loose or lost teeth
- Reduction in natural bone structure (bone resorption)
If you notice any of the above symptoms, you may be dealing with periodontal disease and need to visit a dentist as soon as possible to get a definitive diagnosis and discuss possible treatment options.
Find out how to protect your smile from infection
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults and affects millions of adults at some point in their lives. If you want to get a proper diagnosis of your dental health condition and speak to a professional about appropriate treatments, now is the time to connect with Dr. Claire Cho of the Dental Health and Aesthetic Center of Aliso Viejo, CA. Call (949) 541-2529 to request an appointment at 2 Mareblu, Suite #200.