Did you know the more you know about gum disease, the better? Well, it’s true. In fact, knowing all about gum disease can help you prevent it, which is strongly encouraged, especially because gum disease is one of the most destructive dental issues in the world today. So, our dentist, Dr. Prince Arrington III, is happy to tell you all about gum disease by sharing the following gum disease facts:
-Gum disease is caused by plaque buildup on the teeth and gumline. It irritates the gums and makes them swell and bleed. If you don’t remove the plaque as soon as possible, the condition can get worse.
-If plaque is left on the smile, it turns into tartar, which is a very toxic substance. Tartar makes the gums pull away from the teeth and infects the gum pockets. The tartar then spreads to the underlying bone and deteriorates it, causing loose and lost teeth.
-Gingivitis and periodontitis are the two stages of gum disease.
-Gingivitis can be treated with a deep professional dental cleaning. Periodontitis is much harder to treat. In fact, oftentimes periodontitis needs scaling and root planing, laser periodontal therapy, bone grafts, gum grafts and other procedures to treat it.
For more information and details about gum disease in Boca Raton, Florida, please reach out to Beach Tree Dental Care at 561-440-4633. Our dental team will be more than happy to give you the answers and help you need, so please contact us today. We look forward to talking with you!