Published: 02/14/2019

More than half of American adults have some form of gum disease and the condition is treatable if not curable. Once you have gum disease, your gums are compromised and pull away from your teeth. It’s difficult to restore gum loss, but you can prevent future damage to your mouth by having gum disease treated.

Why is gum disease dangerous, and what can you do about this condition? Learn more about gum disease and see your dentist for treatment.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an infection of the gums. This disease is caused by the same bacteria that makes your teeth get cavities. Plaque and tartar build up underneath the gum line, causing gums to swell and become irritated.

Why is Gum Disease Dangerous?

What makes gum disease dangerous is this: infection and bacteria. As you allow this condition to worsen — you may not even realize you have the disease until your dentist makes you aware of it — the more you expose your gums and teeth to harmful bacteria, plaque, and tartar.

Your gums are responsible for holding your teeth securely in your jawline and also protect tooth nerves and roots against damage. As your gums become more infected, you’ll experience pain and swelling, bad breath, bleeding gums, and even tooth rot or decay.

How Do You Treat Gum Disease?

While you cannot entirely reverse the effects of gum disease, you can help prevent the condition from worsening. Periodontal cleanings are one of the steps your dentist will take to restore and revitalize your gums. This is an extensive tooth cleaning that goes deep under the gums to remove hardened plaque and tartar and flush out the bacteria that is keeping your gums from being healthy.

You may have to receive several periodontal cleanings to fully repair the damage of gum disease. Since the procedure can be mildly invasive, you may want to ask about getting a local anesthetic for the cleaning to make yourself more comfortable.

Learn More About Gum Disease

Flossing daily and seeing your dentist regularly will help keep gum disease from returning. The experienced staff at Shores Smile Dental will explain the different ways to treat your gum disease and keep your gums healthy and strong.

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