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Gettysburg Dentist Warns Against Gum Disease

Posted by Peter Samuels on October 3, 2013 2:45:00 PM EDT

Gettysburg Dentist Warns Against Gum Disease | Samuels Dental Arts PC

Gum disease, more medically known as periodontal disease, is an infection that destroys the gums and the bone that supports your teeth. It can affect one or more teeth, removing bone without you knowing until it's too
late.

The primary cause is plaque, a colorless film that forms all the time around your teeth. When left untended, plaque can harden into tartar, which can only be removed by a dental professional. However, many factors can affect gum
disease.

  • Genetics. If you're family has a history of periodontal disease, you're more
    likely to develop it.

  • Bad oral hygiene. Not brushing or flossing after every meal allows tartar to
    accumulate.

  • Tobacco. Smoking not only increases the chances of periodontal disease but
    can affect treatment.

  • Poor nutrition. Without the right food, your body is less able to ward off
    infection.

You won't always experience the symptoms of gum disease, but some of them include the following.

  • Bleeding while you brush or floss.

  • Tender and swollen gums.

  • Loose or separating teeth.

  • Constant bad breath.

  • Gums receding from the teeth, making them appear longer.

Treatment for gum disease varies according to how far the infection has progressed. In the early stages, we may simply remove the tartar, and recommend brushing and flossing to minimize the problem. Later stages may see
significant bone loss, which may require surgery.

The best way to determine if you have periodontal disease is to contact us, your Gettysburg dentist, so we can examine your gums and teeth.

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