Gum disease is silently affecting over 50 million Americans, most of whom are not seeking treatment. Are you one of them?
What Causes Gum Disease?
The main cause of periodontal disease is bacterial plaque, the sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. This plaque causes your gums to become swollen and tender. The plaque builds up on the teeth, causing the gums to become red and sensitive. In this early stage, it is known as gingivitis. Surprisingly, gingivitis affects more than 50% of the population. Gingivitis is a reversible condition if you follow a daily hygiene routine: Flossing and brushing your teeth daily and using non-alcohol mouthwash (like DrBrite, available in our office).
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Untreated gingivitis can advance to periodontitis, in which the gums separate from the teeth, forming pockets (spaces between the teeth and gums). When the bacterial plaque enters into these pockets, the area becomes infected. Although there isn't much pain associated with gum disease, the consequences can be just as discomforting.
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