Gum Disease happens when the periodontal tissues, or gum tissues, that support your teeth are infected. It starts when plaque and other bacteria are irritating the tissues of your mouth. This is why it is very important to not only brush and floss twice a day but to also schedule your bi-yearly dental exams and cleaning. Our offices located all around Washington and Oregon, including the Spokane, Seattle, downtown, Hollywood, and Clackamas areas, can keep your oral health in tip-top shape.
Why Is Gum Diesease Important?
Your oral health is crucial to the overall health of you. Lots of toxins and bacteria enter your body through your mouth; the air you breathe, the food you eat. The bacteria in your mouth also can enter the bloodstream through damaged gum tissues. Dental patients should do everything they can to prevent gum disease, or maintain it from developing worse if you already have it.
Stages of Gum Disease
There are several stages of gum disease. The first stage is gingivitis and is the only stage of gum disease that is reversible. You may have gingivitis if you have red gums, swollen gums, bleeding gums, bad breath, and/or a foul taste in your mouth.
Periodontitis is the next stage of gum disease and is more serious. This develops when pockets form called periodontal pockets. Bacteria and other toxins begin to destroy to supporting bone and tissues around the teeth. This causes irreversible damage but can be completely controlled by getting back on track with your oral health.
What Causes Gum Disease?
- Tobacco use
- Alcohol use
- Improper oral hygiene
- Heart disease
- Certain cancers
- Use of steroids
- Use of oral contraceptives
Gum disease should be avoided and maintaining the best oral hygiene is the only way to prevent gum disease. Call a Sunrise Dental office today to schedule your dental exam. We have many locations all over Washington and Oregon to help you stay on track with your oral health, including the Bridgeport, Beaverton, Chehalis, Salmon Creek, and Portland areas.
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