Gum disease is a very common condition in Longmont, and is generally the result of plaque and tartar building up on your teeth and gum lines for an extended period of time. Gingivitis is a milder form of gum disease in which bacteria cause the gums to become swollen, red, and prone to bleeding. This milder form can usually be reversed by regular flossing, brushing, and regular cleanings by your dentist.
Periodontal disease is a more severe form of gum disease, and can result in tissue loss, tooth degeneration, and bone loss to your jaw. In some cases, teeth may be lost. Periodontal disease has also been linked to heart disease (and stroke), diabetes, and several types of respiratory infection. If you are suffering from either of these conditions, Hover Dental Group in Longmont can help. We will evaluate your unique dental and health conditions and build a plan based on your unique circumstances.
Symptoms of gum disease may include:
- Persistant bad breath
- Red, discolored, or swollen gums
- Tender or bleeding gums
- Depressions in the gums
- Pain when chewing
- Loose teeth or deteriorating tooth structure
- Sensitive teeth
- Receding gums or longer appearing teeth
Risk factors for gum disease:
- Smoking is one of the most significant risk factors for gum disease and can lower the chances for successful treatment.
- Diseases affecting your immune system also negatively affect the health of gums, as your body’s weakened defenses are less able to fight off bacteria and repair damage to your gums. For instance, people with diabetes are naturally at higher risk for developing many types of infections, including those having to do with their gums.
- Drugs and medications can have a variety of negative influences on gum disease. Some medications dry out the mouth, which makes it easier for bacteria to flourish. Others may change the chemistry of your saliva, which might otherwise inhibit bacteria growth.
- Hormonal changes in girls and women can likewise vary the chemistry of their mouth.
- Some people are simply more prone to severe gum disease than others due to their genetic makeup.