Gum disease is one of the most common chronic dental health issues, but fortunately, many patients stop it from causing severe dental damage by seeking treatment early. In cases where gum disease is allowed to progress, the consequences can include extensive damage to gum tissues, as well as severe erosion to surrounding jawbone structure. Because of this damage, gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. The good news is that you can stop gum disease from causing tooth loss by preventing it from developing, or by treating as early as possible if it develops.
Prevention Is Ongoing
Gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, is caused by an excessive buildup of oral bacteria, which naturally inhabit your mouth. In moderation, oral bacteria are a minor threat that can be largely controlled by brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing at least once, and attending regular checkups and cleanings with your dentist. If you skip your routine or neglect to attend your preventive appointments, then oral bacteria can work their way underneath your gums, infecting the tissues and leading to gingivitis.
If Gum Disease Develops
Even with a strict hygiene and preventive routine, you may still experience risks of gum disease. During regular visits, your dentist will carefully inspect your gums, along with your teeth and oral tissues, to determine if gingivitis has developed. If so, then early treatment can prevent gum disease from gaining a foothold, or at least stop it from becoming severe.
Protect Your Smile from Gum Disease and Tooth Loss
If gum disease develops, then you can stop it from causing tooth loss with prompt, professional treatment. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987. We also proudly serve patients from Navarro County, TX, and the surrounding communities, including Corsicana, Mildred, Eureka, Ennis, Fairfield, Teague, Blooming Grove, Dawson, Hubbard, Hillsboro, Mexia, Groesbeck, Kerens, Malakoff, Rice, Centerville, Buffalo, and Athens.