Protecting your gums is essential for maintaining your healthy smile. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a very common oral health issue that can degrade the health of your gums, especially if it goes untreated. That’s why Dr. Agamov offers gum disease treatment at her Sharon, MA office.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is a bacterial infection that attacks the soft tissues of your gums. According to the Center for Disease Control, about half of all adults age 30 and older will be affected at some point in their life by a periodontal infection.
The main cause of gum disease is plaque, a sticky substance that can appear white or yellowish. It accumulates on the teeth and gums as the result of food particles mixing with the bacteria in your mouth. Plaque has to be removed regularly with brushing and flossing before it can harden into tartar, or calculus, which can’t be removed without professional help.
Plaque and tartar multiply into more bacteria, which produce a harmful acid as waste. If these substances aren’t removed, they can cause tooth decay and infect your gums, leading to periodontal disease.
Other Causes of Gum Disease
Plaque, while often the main cause of gum disease, isn’t the only culprit. Other causes of gum disease include:
- Lack of regular oral hygiene
- Tobacco use
- Clenching and grinding teeth
- Poor nutrition
Preventing Gum Disease
The sooner gum disease is caught, the more easily it can be reversed or resolved. Dr. Agamov recommends staying on the lookout for the previously mentioned signs of the disease as well as:
- Exposed tooth roots
- Tooth sensitivity
- Shrinking gums
- Gum tenderness
- Changes in the fit of your dentures
If you notice any of these signs, be sure to schedule an appointment at our Sharon, MA office as soon as possible. Dr. Agamov will work to restore your oral health and protect your teeth and gums from additional harm.
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Gum Disease Treatment Means Healthier Smiles
The sooner an infection of the gums is caught and treated, the better the outcomes for your oral and overall health. Don’t wait for gum disease to jeopardize your smile, contact our Sharon, MA office. You can also submit one of our contact forms and a friendly team member will return your message shortly.