Residents in Acworth with bleeding gums seek compassionate dental treatment and tips for preventing the progression of gum disease
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults 65 and older. One of the first signs of gum disease is bleeding gums when brushing or flossing. When residents in Acworth experience symptoms of gum disease such as this, they turn to the compassionate dental team at 32 Dental. At our Kennesaw office, patients can find gentle treatment. We also provide tips for preventing the progression of the disease.
Preventive dental care is critical in maintaining oral health. Keeping a healthy diet, good oral hygiene habits, and regular dental visits can help in avoiding gum disease. Respected dentists Dr. Lan Vo and Dr. Sean Breckley, and their team take the time to educate patients about various oral health conditions and diseases. They often educate patients about gum disease, how it develops, and its common causes and symptoms.
Understanding how gum disease develops
Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing is a sign of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. This stage is reversible, so it is critical to seek treatment. The advanced stage of gum disease is periodontitis. During this stage, gums begin to pull away from the teeth, allowing bacteria to infect tooth roots supporting bones and fibers. As the disease progresses, the bones and fibers can be destroyed. Teeth may shift or become loose.
Causes of gum disease
Some people are genetically susceptible to gum disease; however, the highest rates of the disease are among adults 65 and older. In addition to genetics and age, there are many other risk factors of gum disease including stress, smoking, teeth clenching and grinding, and poor diet. When patients are stressed, it is more difficult for their bodies to fight off infections such as gum disease. Tobacco use may be one of the most significant risk factors in the development and progression of gum disease. Smoking can wreak havoc on oral as well as overall health. Teeth clenching and grinding adds extra force on the teeth and gums, increasing the risk of an infection. A diet low in nutrients can affect the immune system, making it more difficult for the body to fight off an infection.
Warning signs of gum disease include receding gums, changes when biting, and bad breath. If you have experienced any symptoms of gum disease, do not delay treatment. Schedule an appointment with by calling our friendly team at (770) 423-1132 today.