September: National Gum Care Month!
General Dentistry Santa Rosa
In honor of National Gum Care Month Santa Rosa dentist Dr. Sullivan wants to encourage the health of all their patients with some educational information about oral care and gum disease.
Gum disease – or periodontal disease – is a long-term infection in your gums that if left undiagnosed and untreated results in loss of gum tissue, the underlying bone, and eventually loss of your teeth in the infected areas. Over 80% of Americans suffer from periodontal disease-inflicted damage to their gums, teeth, and surrounding bone by the age of 45.
Early signs of gum disease are:
- Red or swollen gums
- Gums are tender to the touch, or hot / cold
- Gum noticeably receding from teeth
- Bleeding easily from brushing or flossing
- Changes in bite
Plaque is the primary cause of gum disease and bacteria found in plaque produce toxins or poisons that irritate the gums. They may cause them to turn red, swell, and bleed easily. Plaque can also harden into a rough, porous substance known as calculus – or tartar. This can occur both above and below the gum line. As periodontal diseases progress, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate. If left untreated, this leads to tooth and bone loss. Your Santa Rosa dentist Dr. Sullivan and their dedicated staff will make sure you leave their office with plaque and tartar free teeth and the knowledge and tools to help keep your smile disease free.
The health of your gums plays a key role in your overall physical health. You can prevent periodontal disease with regular checkups with your Santa Rosa dentist Dr. Sullivan and of course with daily brushing and flossing. If you notice your gums are red or bleeding easily, call your Santa Rosa dentist at 707-545-5260 today for a periodontal checkup and cleaning.