Did you know that nearly 80% of adults in America are affected by gum disease to some degree by the age of 45? The disease is caused when dental plaque is allowed to buildup excessively on your teeth and along your gum line, but when detected early, the infection can usually be treated and reversed before any serious damage is done. Unfortunately, a major contributing factor to the widespread advancement of gum disease is neglect of the warning signs that indicate early gum disease’s presence. Today, we explain the onset of gum disease and the signs that may tell you to visit your Allen periodontist as soon as possible.

The Bacterial Infection Known as Gingivitis

Dental plaque is the sticky, colorless biofilm that is produced by masses of oral bacteria as they gather inside your mouth. Plaque protects these microbes from your mouth’s immune responses and allows them to adhere to your teeth and gums, and when enough of these germs are allowed to gather, some release toxins that can severely irritate your gum tissue. This irritation can lead to the separation of your gums from your teeth; a condition known as gum recession. Of special note is the oral bacterium Porphyromonas gingivalis, which specifically manipulates your immune system’s inflammatory response to harmful microorganisms. The resulting inflammation of your periodontal tissue (gums) can make gum recession worse and exacerbate the destruction of gum disease.

Preventing Gum Disease

Red, swollen, and bleeding gums are the telltale sign of the beginning stage of gum disease, called gingivitis. In many cases, gingivitis can be reversed with advanced periodontal care and an improved dental hygiene routine; however, since gingivitis does not typically cause physical discomfort, many people may not notice the signs. In fact, bleeding gums are common enough that they’re often ignored as normal until gum disease develops and threatens the support of your teeth. If you notice that your gums bleed, especially when you brush your teeth, then call our office immediately to schedule a periodontal appointment with Dr. Cueva.

Your Allen Periodontist Can Help You Prevent & Treat Gum Disease

Protecting your gums from disease is more important than just preventing inflammation and bleeding; when left untreated, gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. By attacking your smile’s foundation, the disease can inhibit your mouth’s ability to retain your natural dentition. To learn more about treating gum disease and preventing tooth loss, schedule a periodontal appointment with your Allen periodontist by calling (972) 390-9944 today. Located in the 75013 area, we proudly welcome patients from Allen, Plano, Richardson, McKinney, Frisco, Fairview, Murphy, Wylie, Lewisville, Carrolton, and surrounding communities.