July 13, 2016
If you want to know why adults lose their teeth, you only need to look at the staggering number of people suffering from periodontal disease in the United States. More than 50 percent of the adult population in general, and more than 70 percent of those over 65, have some form of the disease, which is credited as the #1 thief of adult teeth. Make sure you know how this disease works before it wrecks your smile, like it has wrecked so many others.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an infection in your gum tissue. The infection is caused by bacteria that congregates on, around, and under your gumline. While you will always have bacteria, both good and bad, in your mouth at any given time, there is a point where you will have problems if you let it get out of hand. These problems come about when you allow plaque and tartar to build up in your mouth. Plaque and tartar produce bacteria, and this added bacterial presence will quickly overwhelm your gums if you are not careful. The good thing is that Dr. Ki is here to give you the facts you need to know about this disease that is affecting more than half of our adult population right now.
5 Facts You Need To Know About Gum Disease
As we said, gum disease is a dangerous condition that is the #1 reason for adult tooth loss. Here are five facts about the condition that you need to know to keep your mouth safe from harm.
Fact #1 – The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, and this the easiest form of the disease to take care of. Just like many other problems, catching it early exponentially increases your chances of being able to overcome the issues associated with it. The tricky part is in identifying the gingivitis stage. The symptoms are mild and often overlooked, sometimes until full-blown periodontal disease develops.
Fact #2 – Your gums should not bleed after brushing or flossing. The only reason they might bleed, outside of having gingivitis, is if you are doing something wrong. If you brush your teeth so hard to get rid of all the plaque and tartar buildup in your mouth that you are causing enough damage to make them bleed, STOP! If your gums are bleeding after a routine brushing, and you’re not abusing them in the process, then you are suffering from the onset of gum disease, and you need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ki as soon as you can.
Fact #3 – Red, inflamed, and swollen gums are just the start of your problems when it comes to this disease. At this level, you are likely still in the gingivitis stage, which is reversible. That means that no permanent damage has been done. This doesn’t mean that you can afford to wait any longer to get your condition taken care of. Your body is really polite at the beginning, leaving you little hints and subtle notes that something is not quite right. You need to listen during these beginning stages, because your body may be preparing to send harsher and harsher messages if you don’t.
Fact #4 – If you have ignored the messages to this point, you might be about to get a very rude awakening. Your mouth may start to turn against you. The stable, secure feel you’ve always enjoyed from your teeth is now gone, and in its place are loose, shifting teeth and a gumline that seems to be running away from where it used to be. This is now full-blown gum disease, and you are in very real danger of losing your teeth to it. Any further waiting on your part is going to risk the number of pearly whites you have to show off. Call Dr. Ki today to get an appointment and get your teeth and gums taken care of.
Fact #5 – You have now begun to lose your permanent teeth. This is the final step in the disease as far as the damage it will do to your teeth. That’s because once your teeth are gone, it cannot affect them any longer, but that doesn’t mean it is through with you. Gum disease has been linked to many other bodily afflictions, such as diabetes and heart disease, and your avoidance of this problem could cost you big time if you don’t call our Fairfax, VA office today at 703-552-2530 to schedule your appointment.