Gum disease is an all-too-common problem faced by Americans on a daily basis. Early stages of gum disease are treatable, although it can be challenging to detect at its earliest stages. If you think you may be suffering from gum disease and are in the Kirkland, Washington area, visit Dr. Ann Kelley at Kingsgate Dental. Dr. Kelley offers gum disease treatments and also values education so that her patients know the causes of gum disease and how they can avoid it in the future.
The most common reason for the development of gum disease is the buildup of plaque along the gumline. Plaque is a thick and sticky film that builds up on the teeth over time. It can be removed with good daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing habits. When plaque is allowed to build up and not removed via a daily oral hygiene regimen, it will turn into tartar. Tartar is much more difficult to remove and will require a visit to the dentist to remove. If plaque has been allowed to build up and cause gum disease, the good news is that it can be reversed in its early stages with better brushing and flossing.
Your mouth is more susceptible to gum disease when you use tobacco products. This includes both smoking and smokeless tobacco. When you use tobacco products, they interfere with your gum tissue cells, making you more at risk for gum disease. You will be doing yourself a huge favor by kicking the habit. Not only are these products bad for your teeth and gums, but your general health as well.
When you begin taking a prescription medication, they often come with their side effects. One such side effect of some medications could be a reduction of saliva production and dry mouth. When your mouth is dry, bacteria can grow and spread quickly. This bacteria leads to the formation of plaque and the development of gum disease. Speak with your dentist if you have concerns about any medications you are currently taking.
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