Sunday, June 5, 2016
Family Dentistry: Detecting the Early Warning Signs of Gum Disease
Gum disease, a.k.a. periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection and inflammation of the gums and bone that surround and support the teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can easily lead to tooth loss. Gum disease is often the result of poor dental hygiene, such as inadequate brushing of teeth and/or failure to properly floss. Although gum disease is more common among adults and the elderly, the disease can also affect children and teens. Fortunately, detecting gum disease early and having the condition treated at a family dental practice in Greenville, SC can help stop the disease from progressing. With that in mind, here are a few warning signs of early-stage gum disease you and your family should look out for: Swollen and Bleeding Gums It is often thought that bleeding gums are caused by brushing too hard. In reality, the inflammation caused by bacterial infection makes the gums very sensitive.