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What You Need to Know About Gum Disease
Do you have gum disease? It is a possibility that you could have it and not even know. If you are not familiar with the term gum disease, it is an infection that takes place in the tissues that surround your teeth and provide support to the teeth. It is important to receive immediate care for gum disease to prevent any complications that can come along with it such as bone loss and tooth loss. There are two types of gum disease, which include gingivitis and periodontitis, which we will talk about a bit more later in this blog. Right now, you may be wondering what causes gum disease and the answer is plaque. Plaque that builds up causes irritation to the gums and when allowed to remain on the teeth, it leads to gum disease.
Are you unsure about the health of your gums? If so, reach out to Steve S. Kim, DDS in Torrance, CA today.
Warning Signs of Gum Disease
- Receding gums
- Gums that easily bleed
- Bad taste in your mouth or persistent bad breath
- Permanent teeth that are loose or separated from the gums
- Changes in your bite or the way that your dentures fit
- Gums that are tender, red, or swollen
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Risk Factors for Gum Disease
- Misalign or crooked teeth
- Poor dental hygiene
- Use of tobacco products
What Should I Do?
If you suspect that you may have gum disease or you are experiencing any of the warning signs above, reach out to Steve S. Kim, DDS immediately. Our team can provide you with the treatment needed to reverse the infection and heal your gums.
When talking about gum disease, the earliest stage of it is called gingivitis. This stage is easily reversed and quite common too. During this stage, patients will often experience swollen, tender, and red gums. It is also common to bleed while flossing your teeth at this stage.
When gingivitis is not treated, the infection persists and turns into periodontitis. This is an advanced stage of gum disease and can have profound effects on your oral health to include tooth and bone loss. When you do have periodontitis, you may experience pain in your gums, especially when you brush them. It is also common for the gums to start to separate from the teeth as well. There are different types of periodontitis and the aggressive form can cause quick progression of the infection.
The experts at Steve S. Kim, DDS want to help you. We offer gum disease treatment here in our Torrance, CA office. Dr. Kim will go over everything you need to know about gum disease and where you stand. We will develop a treatment plan that is suited to meet your needs as well.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with us, please call our Torrance dental office now!