Gum disease occurs when the soft tissues protecting the roots of your teeth become infected. The earliest form of gum disease is gingivitis; at this point, a buildup of plaque and tartar causes the gums to become inflamed and bleed more easily. No permanent damage is done at this point, and the condition could still be reversible with thorough cleanings. At some point, though, untreated gingivitis could progress to periodontitis, which is a much more severe condition. The gums will start to pull away from the teeth and form pockets. Also, the underlying bone tissue will start to break down. The ultimate result of periodontitis is usually tooth loss.How Common Is Gum Disease?
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, affects more than half of adults over the age of 30 in the US. After the age of 35, this number jumps to 80%, and gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for this demographic. At Pelican Landing Dental, we do our utmost to help patients from Bonita Spring, Estero, and all of Southwest Florida prevent gum disease and maintain their healthiest smiles.Signs of Gum Disease
The symptoms of gum disease may be subtle at first. In many cases, you won’t even feel pain until the later stages of the infection. In many cases, however, symptoms will slowly get exponentially worse over time.
As soon as you notice symptoms that might be related to gum disease, call our dental office. You should also continue to visit us twice a year for checkups even if you don’t think there’s anything wrong with your mouth; we may end up finding warning signs that you’ve overlooked.