Gum Disease

Gum Disease in Jacksonville, FL

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is a condition which begins as excess bacteria in the mouth, and can end with all sorts of serious medical issues. It is largely preventable just by observing good dental hygiene, and keeping regularly scheduled dental appointments. If gum disease is allowed to progress, it can result in some very serious issues, such as loss of teeth, a destroyed jawbone, and even some heart ailments.

What Causes Gum Disease?

In the vast majority of cases, gum disease is caused by poor brushing and flossing habits – or by no brushing and flossing at all. This allows plaque to build up around the teeth and gum line, and that plaque can then harden into tartar. Once tartar forms around the teeth, it cannot be removed by simple brushing, and only a dental professional can then remove it from your mouth.

What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?

Gum disease symptoms start with puffy or swollen gums, and they’re also sometimes reddish or purplish in color. It happens fairly often that gums will bleed or that you’ll notice pink or reddish spots on your toothbrush after brushing – these are all due to abnormal bleeding from the gums. You may notice persistent bad breath when you have gum disease, or you may even find pockets of pus between the teeth, especially in more advanced cases. All these are signs of gum disease, and you should immediately contact your dentist if you observe any of them in your daily routine.

Stages of Gum Disease

The early stage of gum disease is referred to as gingivitis, and it primarily affects the soft tissue around the gums. If left untreated, this will progress to a stage known as periodontitis, and at this point the gums and the jawbone will both be affected by the disease. There are several gum disease stages of periodontitis, corresponding to the degree of damage done up to any given point.

How Can I Prevent Periodontitis?

The best way to prevent periodontitis is to maintain a good program of oral hygiene. That means brushing and flossing regularly, and keeping all appointments with your dentist, so plaque and tartar can be removed before it has a chance to build up. This will keep your teeth and gums healthy for the long haul, and you won’t have to endure any of the issues associated with periodontitis. It will also avoid the need for more drastic types of gum disease treatment.

When to see a dentist for Periodontitis

It’s a good idea to contact your dentist when you notice that your teeth don’t seem to fit together like they did in the past, or when you notice there are gaps beginning to form between your teeth. Sometimes teeth will feel a little loose, and this can be an early sign of gum disease, so you should have it checked out with your dentist to avoid any worsening symptoms.

Contact Dental Art of Florida in Jacksonville, FL

One of the best ways to avoid gum disease is to make sure your teeth are periodically cleaned, so plaque and tartar don’t have a chance to accumulate. Contact us at Dental Art of Florida in Jacksonville, so we can schedule an appointment for you, to get you back on track with good oral hygiene.

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Fred Tepedino, DMD

General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry

Dr. Fred Tepedino comes from a long line of dentists spanning four generations. He received his Doctorate in Dental Medicine from Nova Southeastern University and graduated with Honors in Periodontology. Always furthering his education and abilities, Dr. Tepedino continued his surgical training to achieve a Fellowship with The International Dental Implant Association and training in Advanced Alveolar Reconstruction. Taking the time to listen to his patients and hear their perspective on their oral health and dental needs, Dr. Tepedino establishes trust and rapport with them. Ever a perfectionist, Dr. Tepedino provides a high level of care and skill that truly set his practice apart.

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