If you’re worried about the discomfort in your gum, there’s a reason behind that. Half of the adults in the U.S have gum disease, and it’s very alarming. It’s one of the common reasons people seek a periodontist in Pembroke Pines.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a chronic condition that might put your dental and overall health at risk. It can progress rapidly, putting elderly people at more risk. In the worst-case scenario, it leads to teeth infection that needs to be extracted.
Plaque is a sticky film-like coating that forms on your teeth over time. Inflammation of the gums is produced by microorganisms found in plaque. Bacteria can build up beneath your gums if you don’t brush correctly or floss on a daily basis. When you brush them, they could spread and cause bleeding.
Gum bleeding is a classic sign of gum disease. If the buildup of plaque worsens, the bleeding will likely intensify. When you floss and clean your teeth, your gums should not bleed. There may be an infection when they thicken, turn red, or become irritated. Tooth sensitivity is also a possibility. Gum recession, in which the gums pull up and away from the teeth, can lead to sensitivity.
When your gums decline, the tissues all over your teeth tend to move away, producing pockets that trap more food and plaque. These pockets that form in the gums become too deep in later phases of gum disease. As an outcome, the pockets deepen, and the gum disease progresses. Both are evaluated throughout a checkup. Brushing and flossing will no longer be as effective and the gum disease will be difficult to treat.
Tooth sensitivity can be triggered by gum recession or pockets. When drinking cold or hot beverages, you may notice it. The sensitivity you feel indicates that you have a chronically inflamed gum tissue. Because of the exposed root, the tooth is more susceptible to decay, abfraction, lesions, tooth sensitivity, and ultimately tooth loss.
If you feel you’re having a bad “gum day” and need immediate attention, our dentists are willing to help. Don’t hesitate to contact us anytime!