Gum disease is a serious condition that can lead to tooth loss, jawbone deterioration, and infection. It occurs when plaque builds up in your mouth and decays your gums and teeth. When you understand the early signs of gum disease you will be prepared to fight against it.
With a proper dental care routine, including regular visits to your Katonah, NY, dentist, you can prevent gum disease from taking a toll on your teeth. If you are showing any of the following signs of gum disease visit Dr. Enyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin at ParkLin Dental.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is caused by an accumulation of plaque. Plaque is the combination of bacteria, food debris, and saliva which breaks down tooth enamel and deteriorates gums. There are several stages of gum disease to look out for: gingivitis, slight, moderate, and advanced periodontal disease.
In its earliest stage, the gingivitis stage, gum disease can be reversed with better oral hygiene. However, as periodontal disease progresses it becomes harder to cure and may require surgery to remove infected parts of the jaw. To prevent gum disease from progressing it is important to catch it at its earliest symptoms.
Early Signs of Gum Disease
- Bad breath
- Bleeding gums after brushing or flossing
- Changes in bite
- Loose teeth
- Mouth Pain
- Receding gums
- Separating teeth
- Swollen, tender, or irritated gums
You can beat gum disease in its early stages because it has yet to infect your jawbone or teeth. Your Katonah, NY, dentists Dr. Park and Dr. Lin can help you in this stage if you visit regularly and take care of your teeth with their recommended hygiene routine. Be sure to always brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day. Avoid food that contributes to plaque build-up and quit smoking. If the disease advances more serious procedures are required. Prevent costly surgery by taking care of the early signs of gum disease.
If you notice any of these early symptoms call ParkLin Dental at (914) 232-8182 to schedule an appointment. You can visit Dr. Park and Dr. Lin at their office in Katonah, NY, for regular cleanings and other services to fight gum disease. Don't hesitate, call today!