When it comes to your well-being and overall health, your gums play an important role. Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, occurs when there is decay or infection within the gums. It is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults so it is important to identify gum disease as soon as possible in order to halt progression and do further damage.
As a critical element of long-term dental health, it is important to have regular periodontal check-ups in order to detect any problems early on. Dr. Huefner is highly trained and experienced in providing diagnosis of gum disease and treatment options for this common but sometimes serious condition. To schedule your Orange County dental check-up, contact Sensation Smiles at (949) 491-9071 today.
Causes of Gum Disease
The primary cause for gum disease is the growth of bacteria on your teeth and gums. Dental plaque contains many microbial bacteria organisms which present as a sticky, clear substance that constantly form on the teeth.
In addition to poor oral hygiene, the following factors may increase your risk of gum disease:
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Certain medications (oral contraceptives, anticonvulsants, steroids, calcium channel blockers, and chemotherapy)
- Crooked teeth
- Poorly fitted dental appliances
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gum disease may not have any symptoms for some people, leaving them unaware that anything is wrong until they have an oral exam. However, if you experience any of the following symptoms, it may be an indication of gum disease:
- Red, tender, or swollen gums
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
- Gums that bleed with brushing or flossing
- Change in your bite
- Pain when chewing
- Sensitive teeth
- Foul-smelling breath even after brushing
It is recommended that patients with gum disease visit the dentist every three months in order to help reinforce proper dental hygiene and maintain clean gums.
If you are concerned about gum disease and would like to schedule a dental exam or learn more about the different gum treatment options that may be available, contact Sensational Smiles at (949) 491-9071 to schedule your Orange County gum disease consultation with Dr. Norman Huefner.