Studies have given us some information about the various circumstances that may contribute to the loss of our natural teeth. Some of the causes are associated with lifestyle and others are just a matter of genetics. One of the leading contributors to tooth loss is gum disease which can be either inherent or a result of the lack of preventive dental care.
Gum disease presents itself in stages starting with gingivitis and if gone untreated proceeding through the developing phases to advanced periodontitis. Gingivitis occurs when the sticky substance called plaque is allowed to collect on the teeth. The best way to keep this from happening is to brush and floss your teeth regularly, but once the plaque has hardened into tartar it can only be removed by your dental hygienist using specific tools. Notable signs of gingivitis include swollen gums, soreness and bleeding when you brush your teeth. If gum disease is left to evolve it will eventually lead to a weakened bone structure which can be the cause of your tooth loss.
When you notice the symptoms make sure to see your dentist asap so that damage can be assessed and therapy can begin. The chances for successful treatment of gum disease improve with early intervention.
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