When there is poor oral hygiene being practiced, bacteria can cause severe damage to your teeth but most importantly your gums. When we eat, food residues adhere to our gums, teeth and cheeks, and with millions of bacteria already in our mouth, they feed off of the residues and breed. Thin films of bacterial toxins and waste start building up on our teeth and gums and when the bacteria starts spreading it can cause great damage.
Bacteria will eat away the protective layer of your teeth and cause your teeth to rot, in severe cases, the gum tissue is affected and can loosen up the roots of your teeth causing tooth decay and teeth loss. When bacteria get to the gums, they can cause gingivitis, which refers to inflammation of the gums. Gingivitis will cause reddening and swelling of your gums causing them to get infections and inflammation which is a form of gum disease.
When gums are already infected, the dentist will make sure that the disease is controlled and treated to prevent future damage to your gums. Some treatments include scaling and root planning, dental crown lengthening and root surface debridement.
If you notice reddening or swelling in your gums with slight or heavy bleeding, you might suffer from gum disease. If you would like to know more about how to prevent or treat it, call (916) 575-7536 or come visit us at 8143 Long Point Rd., Houston, TX 77055 – we would love to give you the smile your deserve!