How to Avoid Gum Disease

Though many adults suffer from some degree of gum disease, it can become a very serious condition with damaging effects to your teeth and gums. Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease can start with simple inflammation and lead to a harmful infection, so it’s crucial to notice signs early and treat the disease promptly.

Here at Spring Valley Dental, Dr. William Boyer and his friendly staff know how serious gum disease can be, and we want to provide our patients with the necessary information to catch it in its tracks. Dr. Boyer is a highly qualified dentist, so let him fill you in on how to avoid gum disease.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum (periodontal) disease consists of infected tissues around your teeth. Often times, gum disease is painless and many patients are unaware that they even have it. The disease is caused by a buildup of plaque, which develops from the bacteria that resides in our mouths. What can start as inflammation of the gums, can result in damaged bone and tissue from infection. Familiarizing yourself with the signs of gum disease is critical in avoiding gum disease.

Warning Signs

When left untreated, gum disease can lead to infection and even tooth loss. In severe cases, the disease has even been linked to increasing your risk of heart disease and strokes. This is why it is so important to catch gum disease early. Here are some warning signs of gum disease:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Tender and swollen gums
  • Constant bad breath
  • Painful chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth

Factors that Increase Your Risk

In addition to the many warning signs of gum disease, there are a number of factors that promote it. Many of these factors cannot be avoided, so checking for the warning signs above is crucial. You should steer clear of the factors that are avoidable to reduce your risk of gum disease. Take a look below:

  • Cigarettes and other forms of tobacco
  • Pregnancy
  • Lack of oral hygiene
  • Medications (any that dry out the mouth)
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Poor nutrition

Dr. Boyer and his staff recommends every patient maintains a thorough oral hygiene routine to reduce your risk of periodontal disease, as well as keep your teeth clean and cavity free. Additionally, you should visit Dr. Boyer for check-ups and dental cleanings twice a year. Contact Spring Valley Dental today to schedule an appointment.