February 23, 2016
Periodontal disease is not a topic that often comes up in conversation. Nevertheless, it is something that should probably be talked about more often, partly because it is so pervasive. Did you know that some 80 percent of American adults have some degree of periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease? Unfortunately, many of these people don’t even know they have it. Dr. Campbell and his team at their Carrollton dentist office want you to know the warning signs, so you can seek treatment if necessary.
First, what is gum disease? The short answer is that gum disease is a bacterial infection. Millions of bacteria live in your mouth. Some are necessary, of course, but if they over multiply, then trouble can begin. This overabundance of bacteria can happen as result of insufficient brushing and flossing; each time you brush and floss you clear away excess bacteria. Moreover, these bacteria can become trapped in plaque, that colorless and sticky biofilm that is constantly manufactured in your mouth. Every time you eat, these bacteria feed on the leftovers so to speak and excrete toxins. It is these toxins that can lead to gum disease.
The Warning Signs of Gum Disease
Gum disease is divided into two categories: gingivitis, the beginning phase, and periodontitis, the second and more serious phase. Gingivitis is often recognized by red and swollen gum tissue that may bleed, too. Caught early, the effects of gingivitis may be reversible with a stringent at-home oral hygiene routine. You’ll need to maintain this regimen because gingivitis is not curable, only treatable.
Periodontitis is marked by:
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Gums that have receded
- Painful chewing
- Sensitive teeth
- Loose teeth
If left untreated, periodontitis may necessitate tooth extraction. And as if that weren’t bad enough, the bacteria that initially cause gum disease can spread throughout your body and cause illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, arthritis, depression, Alzheimer’s, pneumonia, and low birth weight newborns.
Dental Cleaning in Carrollton
In addition to your faithful brushing and flossing at home, a thorough dental cleaning Carrollton residents rely for bright smiles is essential. Be sure to schedule and keep your dental checkup appointments. That way, we’ll be able to keep a close eye on the health of your gum tissue.
Call Our Office Today
If you’re seeing any of the outward signs of gum disease, or if it’s time for your dental checkup, then contact the Carrollton dentist office of Dr. Henry Campbell. We conveniently serve patients from Farmers Branch, Dallas, Grapevine, Lewisville, Richardson and Plano.
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