Posts Categorized: Gum Disease

Tartar Can Cause Trouble For Your Periodontal Health

How can tartar affect your oral health? Tartar, a hardened plaque that can call for the attention of your dental hygienist, can put you at risk for dental troubles. While tartar can make you more likely to suffer a cavity, a buildup at your gum line can pose problems for your periodontal health. If bacteria… Read more »

Paying Attention To The Health Of Your Gums, And Your Teeth

Full oral health is about more than maintaining a cavity-free mouth. Fighting tooth decay is crucial to preserving the quality of your teeth, but cavities alone are not your dentist’s only concern. During a routine checkup, your dentist will thoroughly check your teeth, mouth, and gums for signs of poor health. Part of a checkup… Read more »

Differences Between Gingivitis and Periodontitis

Though you might sometimes hear them used interchangeably, gingivitis and periodontitis are not exactly the same. Both describe different stages of what is commonly called gum disease. Gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, precedes periodontitis, which is a more severe stage of the disease. If you’ve been diagnosed with gingivitis, then the good news… Read more »

Are You at Risk for Gum Disease?

Even though it doesn’t get the same attention as tooth decay, gum disease is actually a very serious oral health problem that affects nearly half of Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control. An inflammatory infection that attacks the gum and connective tissue surrounding the tooth, gum disease is a progressive disease that follows… Read more »

Periodontal Disease Risk Factors

There are many reasons to take good care of your teeth and gums. It will make your smile more attractive. Good dental hygiene helps keep breath fresh and odor-free. It minimizes the chances that a soft spot will develop and progress to a cavity. And good oral care cuts down on the risk of periodontal… Read more »

Healthy Gums: How Much Do You Know?

The gums are the soft tissues that surround your teeth, and help keep your teeth in place. While a portion of each tooth (the crown) is visible above the gum line, the root structures extend below the gum line and into the jawbone. When you eat, the gums help anchor the tooth against the stresses… Read more »

When It’s Time to Worry About Gum Disease

Next to cavities, gum disease is one of the most common oral health issues, and yet, in most cases, it can be prevented easier than many people realize. Left untreated, it can lead to a host of uncomfortable symptoms (like swollen, bleeding, tender gums) that could eventually lead to tooth loss, or worse. While the… Read more »

Quiz: What is Periodontal Disease?

How much do you know about your gums? Your gum health is equally important to the health of your teeth. Without your gums, your teeth don’t have the support to stay in place and do their job. Your periodontium is comprised of your soft gum tissue and your jawbone. Together this tissue and bone holds… Read more »

What are the Stages of Gum Disease?

Your gums are important: The soft tissue and bone that make up your gums hold your teeth in place so you can chew, speak and smile comfortably. For a healthy mouth, it’s vital you take good care of your gums in addition to your teeth. Unfortunately gum disease is a prevalent condition: Half of American… Read more »

5 Ways to Prevent Gum Disease

Gum disease is an unfortunately common condition, and the disease affects millions of American adults of all backgrounds. Also known as periodontal disease, the condition can cause gum irritation, bleeding, gum recession, tooth loss, and bad breath. It is also the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Fortunately, it is easy to prevent gum disease…. Read more »