Gum disease is an infection of the gums caused by unchecked bacterial growth in the mouth. Food particles caught in between teeth feed bacteria that can create a sticky substance called plaque. When plaque is not completely removed with brushing and flossing, it can harden into tartar. If this plaque and tartar is not removed through professional dental cleanings, it can cause gum inflammation and the beginning of gum disease.
Gingivitis is the first stage of serious gum or periodontal disease. This starts with red, swollen gums that can bleed when you brush. If allowed to progress, the gums will begin to recede and pull away from the teeth, creating pockets that attract more bacteria. Without dental treatment, this infection can lead to bone and tissue loss in the jaw and even tooth loss. Also, the bacteria from gum disease can infiltrate your blood stream and increase your risk for other health problems.
At Meridian Campus Family Dental, we offer effective methods for preventing and treating gum disease. Professional cleanings twice a year along with good home dental hygiene can help prevent gingivitis. For those who already have gum disease, we can offer deeper cleanings and other methods for removing the infection.
Do not let gum disease affect your family’s beautiful smiles and health. Contact Meridian Campus Family Dental today to schedule a checkup and cleaning to get your oral health back on track.