Gum disease, also mentioned by the medical terms Gingivitis or periodontal disease, typically occurs due to long-term exposure to plaque. If left untreated. In general, gum disease can be caused by long-term exposure to plaque.
Gum disease originates in the gums, where infections form from harmful bacteria and other materials left behind from eating. Symptoms include chronic bad breath, tender or painful swollen gums and minor bleeding after brushing or flossing. In many cases, however, gingivitis can go unnoticed. The infections can eventually cause the gums to separate from the teeth, creating even greater opportunities for infection and decay.
Periodontal exams are vital in the maintenance of your oral health as they are used to assess the health of your gums and teeth. They can help your dentist diagnose gum diseases, gingivitis and periodontitis. These exams can also reveal receding gums, exposed roots, tooth grinding and other problems, making periodontal exams vital to maintaining proper oral health. Regular dental exams are important as they can reveal evidence of gum disease in its early stages.
During your periodontal examination, your dentist will check:
- For any lumps or abnormal areas in the mouth
- Whether any of your teeth are missing or loose
- The color, texture, size and shape of your gums
- Whether you have fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures or implants
- How much plaque is on your teeth
- The depth of the space between your tooth and gum
Regular check-ups and exams are important to maintaining good oral health. If you have symptoms commonly associated to gum disease or have any questions regarding your oral health, please contact us. We would be happy to go over any information and look forward to seeing you in our office!