Do You Have Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, which is why you need to visit your Gillette, WY, dentist, Dr. Daniel Morrison.
About 50 percent of adults over the age of 30 have chronic periodontitis in the United States, according to the American Dental Association.
Periodontal disease, also gum disease, is when dental plaque, a sticky substance that contains bacteria after someone consumes a sugar-containing meal, builds up on teeth. When people don't properly brush, plaque builds up and becomes hard tartar.
When tartar accumulates on teeth and gums. You'll notice swelling and bleeding gums.
Here are some more symptoms to keep a lookout for: bad breath, bad taste that persists, gums pulling away from teeth, loose permanent teeth, red gums that easily bleed easily, and/or gums are swollen.
Reasons for Gum Disease:
Besides plaque, which is a result of poor dental hygiene, there are other factors that contribute to the increased risk of periodontal disease:
- Crooked teeth that can't be cleaned properly
- Smoking and chewing tobacco
- You should have an oral and dental examination at your Gillette, WY, family dentist's office every six months.
- Maintaining a healthy oral regimen.
- Make sure you brush your teeth twice a day; brush your teeth after you eat breakfast and before you go to bed with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Also, floss daily before going to bed to remove food debris and reduce the buildup of plaque.
- Drink plenty of water to remove food debris.
- Avoid eating sugary foods, like sodas and candy.
- Opt for healthier foods, like apples and carrots.
If you want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Daniel Morrison in Gillette, WY because you suspect you may be suffering from gum disease, call (307) 682-3353.