Poway and Rancho Bernardo, CA
What is gum disease?
Periodontal disease, known as gum disease, is a chronic infection that affects your gums. Sadly, nearly half of all adults in the U.S. have some form of gum disease, and many are unaware of this problem. This is why having your routine dental cleanings and checkups are vital to your health.
What causes gum disease?
Gum disease stems from a buildup of bacteria in your mouth called dental plaque. This plaque is a “biofilm” that contains communities of disease-causing bacteria. When the bacteria are not properly removed, it buildups and hardens. This hard substance is known as tartar (or calculus). We all have bacterial plaque in our mouths, but good oral hygiene, along with routine cleanings and exams helps to minimize the buildup of tartar.
The perils of gum disease
Gum disease can reek havoc on your mouth causing a variety of symptoms including:
- Tooth decay
- Loose teeth
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Receding gums
- Loss of jawbone
- Jaw joint disorders (TMJ)
- Tooth loss
Why is gum disease such a big deal?
Our mouths are the gateway to our body. In other words, your overall health is directly related to your mouth. Studies have shown that people with gum disease have an increased risk of developing other serious health conditions such as:
- Heart attacks
- Pregnancy complications
- Certain types of cancer
How can I prevent gum disease?
Gum disease is preventable. Here are some tips for helping prevent gum disease:
- Brush your teeth twice a day
- Floss daily
- Receive dental cleanings twice a year
- Receive routine dental checkups
Even if you have already developed signs of gum disease, Smiles by Dr. Cook offers treatments to help stop the progression of the disease and preserve your smile. If your gum disease has caused damage to your teeth, Dr. Cook offers a variety of procedures that can help rebuild your smile.
To schedule an appointment, please call (858) 673-0141 or contact Smiles by Dr. Cook today. We welcome patients of Poway, Rancho Bernardo, and Carmel Mountain, California.