Oral hygiene does not start and end with your teeth; your gums play an important role in maintaining healthy teeth. If you want to make sure that you do not have any gum problems, visit our office at Cooley Smiles so we can perform an examination and help determine what is going on inside your mouth. Periodontal diseases are difficult to identify at the beginning, but once it starts spreading, it could create major complications and make you very uncomfortable. The worst part about these problems is that it takes a while to get treated and you need to go through multiple sittings to ensure that your mouth is bacteria-free. It's best to avoid this stage, which is why good oral hygiene and regular dental visits with us are necessary.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal diseases are caused by bacteria that enter the gums when a tooth infection goes unnoticed. The problem with this kind of infection is that it spreads through your gums and goes deep into your root and sometimes even reaches the jaw. This is why it takes so long to treat the infection since it needs to be addressed properly to ensure that it does not reoccur.
One of the major problems of periodontal diseases is that it compromises the strength of your teeth and it could cause major complications with multiple teeth as well. Along with periodontal diseases, various other problems often pop up and these include gingivitis and acute bad breath. Both of these conditions are quite embarrassing to live with and it gets worse because it's going to take a while to get treated.
Recognizing Gum Problems
Periodontitis is a serious condition and it is irreversible. This is because the infection spreads so far that it is beyond control. It goes into your roots, your jaws, bones, and the connective tissue. This eventually loosens your teeth and they fall out. Do not let it get to this stage. Make sure you visit us regularly.
Receding gums are a mid-level gum problem, and this normally occurs when you start noticing more of your teeth because your gums start to shrink. This condition can still be controlled, but it needs to be addressed before the roots start getting exposed. This helps to keep your teeth strong and prevents them from falling out.
Sometimes you may feel that your gums are sticky even after you have rinsed your mouth multiple times. You may often notice a yellowish slimy layer on your gums when you wake up in the morning. This layer is called bio fill and needs to be washed off regularly to ensure no infections are spread. The thin layer on your gums will always be there, but if you notice it getting too sticky or slimy, that's when there is a problem.
Whether or not you have the above-mentioned issues, do not miss your dental appointment with us. Give Cooley Smiles a call today at (425) 249-3509 to set up an appointment for an examination.