If you sometimes forget to brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste it can lead to excess bacterial deposits on your teeth. If you also have a bad habit of forgetting to floss between your teeth and along the gumline once each day plaque buildup and residual food particles could further harden into tartar near your sensitive gum tissues.
In time, this could lead to the periodontal inflammation of gingivitis. Early signs of a problem such as this typically includes gums that may bleed when you brush and floss and look inflamed. Gingivitis sufferers sometimes struggle with chronic bad breath.
Without professional treatment from doctors like Drs. Todd S. Resek and Howard C. Nader and improved oral hygiene habits, gingivitis could worsen. Over time the bacterial presence in the gums could worsen into the more severe form of gum disease known as periodontitis.
A periodontal infection such as this can cause your gumline to recede from your teeth and potentially lead to tooth loss. At the same time, the systemic inflammation associated with this level of gum disease could also cause medical complications and tax your immune system.
Treatment for periodontitis could vary depending on the level of infection in the gum tissues as well as other factors. Some patients may need to have gum surgery to alleviate the bacterial presence and restore a natural gumline.
If you live in the Oakmont, Pennsylvania, area and you have a periodontal health concern, you should call 412-828-3311 to schedule an appointment at Oakmont Family Dentists.