Did you know that gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults here in the United States? This gradual infection is no joke, and we always treat the threat it poses seriously here at Tarpon Shores Dental. Below, you’ll find all the information you need to know about what causes gum disease and what symptoms you should be cautious of when they appear. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation at our Englewood, FL practice, contact us today. Dr. Mesh looks forward to working with you towards the stable, strong, and healthy smile you deserve.
Your mouth is always filled with bacteria. These countless bacteria gradually gather together with foreign particles and mucus to create what’s known as “plaque,” a sticky, colorless substance that sticks to teeth. While plaque can be easily cleared away with routine brushing and flossing, any missed areas will harden into tartar, which can only be eliminated through professional cleanings at a dental practice like ours. If left alone for too long, the tartar will develop into a serious infection that damages the soft gum tissue.
Common risk factors include smoking, the presence of diabetes, medications that reduce the natural flow of saliva, and simple genetics. It’s important to undergo a periodontal screening at every regular checkup so that our dental team can catch the infection before it threatens the healthy bone and teeth.
It’s important to remember that some cases of gum disease do not exhibit any noticeable symptoms until the advanced stages. However, patients should be aware of the following warning signs that can manifest: