HOW DOES GUM DISEASE START?


Find Out How You Can Prevent Plaque and Tartar Buildup Before it’s Too Late.

Many people worry about how that piece of cake or slice of pizza will affect their waistline. However, your dentist is concerned about your oral cavity. Poor oral health can affect a person’s ability to digest and even chew food properly. It also means the very nutrients a body needs to keep gums and teeth healthy are missing, too.

Where does gum disease begin?

It all starts with the meals you eat, and the fact that millions do not floss and brush their teeth within 15 minutes after finishing. Plaque begins to form around your gum line and in between teeth. It’s actually a sticky, colorless film of bacteria. You can usually feel it with your tongue, and it’s not something that should be ignored by any means.

Obviously, not everyone can brush immediately after a meal, but the very minimum recommendation would be to brush and floss once in the morning and once right before bedtime. Even if you drink a soda, the bacteria start to set in. The only safe bet is to drink water with fluoride.  Keep in mind, most bottled waters have no fluoride, so make sure and use ADA recommended toothpaste that contains fluoride.

Call Dr. Derek Hauser, DDS, at (951) 244-9495 and make an appointment right away with one of his three registered, professional dental hygienists. Meet with Dr. Hauser and he’ll give you a full set of digital x-rays, because 70 percent of your teeth are below the gum line, where disease exists.

Gum Infection and Periodontitis Treatment with Professional Teeth Cleaning
Eroding Gum Line with Severe Plaque Buildup Causes Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease. Professional Treatment is Required.

What everyone wants to avoid is letting that plaque (bad bacteria) to get hard. Once it does, it becomes an insidious form of tartar between your teeth and along the gums. It might not be noticeable at first, but most people notice their gums begin to bleed with brushing. This is an indication that hard tartar has sealed itself around your teeth, which means gum disease and cavities are on the way!

When gums bleed, it’s a sign of gingivitis, which is a form of early periodontal disease. Almost half of American adults have some form of periodontal disease. Sadly, most do not even know they have this unhealthy oral disease.

Signs of Periodontal Disease

  • Receding gums
  • Gum pockets form
  • Bone deteriorates
  • Teeth fall out

Periodontitis is the most severe form of gum disease that causes the highest rate of tooth loss in adults. Other diseases like cancer and diabetes actually raise the risk of getting periodontal disease. That’s why it’s imperative to see Dr. Hauser at least twice per year for a checkup. If the disease progresses, there is an increased risk of heart disease.

Hormonal changes, pregnancy and menopause can also change also increase the risk of this disease.  Gum disease risk factors also include premature, low-birth-weight babies.

Seeing your local dentist to keep sensitive gums healthy is a must for any woman or man who wants to enjoy a longer, happier, healthy life. Ignoring signs of oral disease means reversing heart disease might not be an option if you wait. At that point, a person must see their local physician about treating underlying conditions from poor oral hygiene.

Flossing 101

Sure, flossing isn’t fun. But it’s critical to everyone’s oral health. Don’t just take a piece of floss and push it up and down. The floss should actually wrap around your teeth, and massaging the gums with is just as important as getting the leftover food particles out.

Don’t Share That Toothbrush

If someone else uses your toothbrush and they have periodontal disease, then you can get it, too! Make sure and tell the other person to “get their own toothbrush,” even if it’s a loved one. Kissing someone while exchanging fluids means bad bacteria can spread to your mouth as well. Knowing your partner has great oral health is important for yours, too.

Smokers Increased Risk of Oral Disease

We’ve heard it all before, but it’s worth mentioning again. Smokers are four times more likely to get gum disease than non-smokers.  There are more reasons to stop smoking than there are to stay with a bad habit that increases your risk of heart disease, oral cancer, lung cancer, and even periodontitis and gingivitis.

Lakefront Family Dentistry is a private dental practice with one of the most well-known CEREC doctors in the Inland Empire, Riverside County—Dr. Derek B. Hauser, DDS. Patients drive from near and far to get the best treatment at a leading dental facility that includes an in-house CEREC laboratory so crowns and veneers can be made while you wait! Call (951) 244-9495 or Make an Appointment Online Today.

Registered Dental Hygienists at Lakefront Family Dentistry
Registered Dental Hygienists at Lakefront Family Dentistry

Our Patients Rank Dr. Mark Phillipe, DDS, and Dr. Derek Hauser, DDS, as the #1 Private Cosmetic and Family Dentist Practice in the Inland Empire!