Although about 75% of Americans above the age of 35 have some type of gum disease, unfortunately, nearly 60% of Americans don’t know what gum disease is or how it can be treated.
Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums, typically caused by bacteria, plaque, and tartar. Sadly, if gum disease isn’t treated, it can lead to infections in your gums and bloodstream, and lead to tooth loss.
Fortunately, there are a few ways you can recognize gum disease. If your gums bleed, are red or swollen, or if you notice consistent bad breath, a bad taste in your mouth, a receding gum line, or even shifting teeth, you may be dealing with gum disease.
Gum disease can be caused by poor oral hygiene, smoking, or poor nutrition. Thus, with proper nutrition and if you brush and floss well, you can stop bacteria from spreading and may be able to reverse gum disease. Similarly, antibiotics may be useful if your gum disease is severe enough.
If you’re worried about gum disease, we recommend visiting Dr. Rafla and our team. They will assess your Gum tissues health and determine what you can do to enjoy a healthy smile again. If you would like to schedule an appointment with us, please call at 508.499.3566. We’re eager to hear from you!