Flossing is one of the most common parts of dental care that goes undone. Whether it be from bleeding comes, irritation or just a pure dislike of the process, more than a quarter of the nation is not a fan of flossing. While we can understand why the irritation and bleeding gums may deter you from being as persistent with flossing as you should be, the time that you don’t spend flossing can lead to more serious issues like cavities and, our topic of the week, gum disease.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease, also known as gingivitis, is when the buildup of plaque and bacteria eats away at the gum area that surrounds your teeth. What starts off as plaque build up develops into a disease where the tooth deteriorates, affects the gum and eventually falls out.
What are symptoms of gum disease?
For the most part, symptoms of gum disease appear as symptoms that you would see from a general lack of dental care. This includes swollen, bleeding and irritated gums when flossing. If you aren’t used to flossing regularly, continue to floss to see whether or not the irritation or bleeding go away after some routine care.
Are there ways to prevent gum disease?
There are plenty of ways to prevent gum disease. While there are instances where bad teeth are passed down through genetics, it is not the end all of a healthy smile. Basic care that is as simple as regular brushing and consistency with flossing can minimize your chances of developing gum disease by nearly half.
If you already have gum disease, can you treat it?
There are a few different ways to treat gum disease, but all of them do require the work of a professional. Because gum disease gets down to the root of your tooth and gets into your gum, you need a professional to clean the root and surrounding gum area in order for it to be cleaned as best as possible. If you think that you may have gum disease, schedule an appointment with Dr. Trainor and let’s get down to the root of the problem.
Avoiding gum disease is as easy as routine dental care. If you’re looking for more information or you are concerned about developing gum disease, schedule an appointment and we can talk at a greater depth about ways to decrease the chances of you ever dealing with gum disease.