Preventing gum disease is similar to preventing most other dental issues. Keep your teeth and gums clean with regularly good hygiene and preventive dental care, and you can avoid allowing oral bacteria enough time to infect your gums. However, while gum disease is highly preventable, it only takes one small mistake for oral bacteria to infect your gums and lead to gingivitis (the first stage of gum disease). Fortunately, even if you fail to prevent gum disease, you can still avoid its most severe consequences if you seek treatment for it from your dentist as soon as possible.
Why It’s Such a Problem
When gum disease first develops, it appears as little more than irritation in your gums. The tissues may become inflamed and you might notice bleeding once in a while when you brush, but there is no discomfort, so it can seem like a minor issue. Yet, these seemingly minor symptoms indicate increasingly worse damage and erosion to your gum tissues. As time passes, they’ll grow more severe, and other symptoms will become obvious and severe, including loose or lost teeth.
Your Options Now
Even though gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, most patients who develop it can still preserve all of their teeth if they address it soon enough. Because it’s progressive, seeking treatment as soon as you notice the signs of gingivitis may help you stop it from growing worse. In some cases, early treatment can even reverse the condition so you don’t need periodontal maintenance for the rest of your life.
Custom Care when Gum Disease Develops
If you fail to prevent gum disease, then you might still have a good chance of saving your smile by treating it as soon as possible. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of West Forest Lake, Kennedy, Lake Bluff, Skokie, Junction, and all surrounding communities.