What is Gum Disease?

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Gum disease is one of the most common health problems affecting American adults. Ironically, it’s probably the easiest health problem to avoid, too. That said, our team here at Redwood Dental in Providence, Utah, still sees a lot of cases of gum disease.

A big problem is that people just don’t know what it is or what leads to it. Here are a few tips from Dr. Troy Walton to help you better understand what gum disease is.

What is it?
Gum disease is the name for any kind of infection or inflammation in your gums. The most common form of gum disease is gingivitis. This is simply red, inflamed gums that can bleed easily and are often sensitive to the touch.

What does it cause?
Gum disease can cause a myriad of health problems that aren’t just localized to your mouth. Most commonly, though, it causes severe inflammation of your gums, tooth decay, and even tooth loss. The bacteria that cause gum disease can often spread to other parts of your body, potentially infecting you elsewhere.

How do I stop it?
Maintaining a strict oral health routine is the best way to ward off gum disease. Brushing, flossing, and mouthwash use are simple, but effective, tools at stopping gum disease.

We don’t want to see you in the office with gum disease-related problems; we’d much rather see you every six months for a regular cleaning. If you have any questions, get in touch today at 435-755-6562.