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One of the most prevalent disorders you’ll come across when reading about dentistry is “gum disease.” Have you ever really stopped to think about exactly what gum disease is? Understanding about the basics of gum disease will support you in wrapping your brain around a lot of what dentists do, and it should also help you understand better how to keep your oral cavity hygienic. Here’s a quick summary on gum disease for you:

-Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums where acids have overstayed their welcome in the mouth and grown under the gum line, forming pouches of decay between your pearly whites and gums.

-Though it’s still hurtful, the harm from the first stage of periodontal disease is usually reversible by treatment from your dentist.

-The second stage of gum disease typically causes permanent destruction to the teeth, bones and gums, and when left unchecked, it can advance to progressive periodontitis or chronic periodontitis.

-The early stages of periodontal disease show signs in the form of red, painful and/or swollen gums.

-The people most at risk for developing periodontal disease are those above age 70, men and those with dry mouth.

-You can greatly lessen your risk of contracting gum disease by following good dental hygiene habits. Brush your teeth two times a day, floss once daily and visit our office for cleanings every six months.

We hope this post has been enlightening for you. To set up your next cleaning with Dr. Terence Lau, give our Mid-Valley Dental Care office in Northridge, California, a call at 818-886-3500 now.