General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentists Serving Brighton, Thornton, Commerce City, Fort Lupton & Nearby Colorado
Although perfect teeth are the center of every smile, healthy gums are just as important. It’s estimated that nearly 80 percent of U.S. adults will develop some type of gum disease in their lifetime.
The good news is that most cases of gum disease are mild and can be treated with advanced cleaning. However, when the condition advances, gum disease can present a number of oral and general health risks.
If you are suffering from gum disease, please contact Bromley Park Dental today by completing the form on this page or calling 303-659-0667 to schedule an appointment. We proudly serve Brighton, Thornton, Commerce City, Fort Lupton and surrounding Colorado communities.
WHAT IS GUM DISEASE?
Gum disease refers to gum infection and inflammation. All human mouths harbor bacteria that make up plaque, a sticky substance that adheres to teeth. When plaque is not sufficiently removed with proper dental hygiene, it hardens into tartar that irritates the gums, making them susceptible to infection.
Gum disease has two stages:
- Gingivitis: Inflammation of the gums resulting from bacteria in plaque
- Periodontitis: Gums pull away from teeth, leaving pockets that can become infected by the bacteria in plaque
In its early stages, gum disease rarely exhibits symptoms. However, as the condition progresses, you may notice:
- Red, inflamed gums
- Tender, swollen gums
- Loose teeth
- Longer-looking teeth
- Receding gums
- Gums that bleed when you brush and floss
Causes of Gum Disease
By far, the most common cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene at home. This allows plaque to build on your teeth, creating harmful pockets of bacteria and damaging your gum tissue. Other potential causes of gum disease include:
- Health conditions that affect your body’s ability to fight infection
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
Gingivitis can usually be treated through a professional cleaning of the teeth and gums in addition to a more effective and consistent daily hygiene routine. In some cases, brushing after every meal, flossing twice a day and using an antibacterial mouthwash may be all that is necessary to treat this type of gum disease. However, periodontitis requires a more advanced approach.
In order to effectively treat periodontitis, you will first need to visit our office so our dentist can assess how advanced your gum disease has become. Depending on the condition of your infection, we will determine the most effective way to eliminate bacteria, reduce areas of infection around your teeth and stimulate the healthy growth of tissue.
Preventing Gum Disease
The most effective way to prevent gum disease is to maintain a good dental hygiene routine at home. This should include:
- Brushing your teeth after every meal and snack with a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Flossing your teeth every morning and every night
- Visiting our Brighton office every six months for check-ups and cleanings