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One of the most common terms you’ll come across when reading about dentistry is “gum disease.” Have you ever really stopped to explore exactly what periodontal disease is? Knowing the basics of periodontal disease will aid you in wrapping your head around a lot of what dentists do, and it should also help you understand better how to keep your mouth sterile. Here’s a quick breakdown on gum disease for you:

-Gum disease is an infection of the gums where bacterial acids have overstayed their welcome in the oral cavity and grown under the gum line, forming pockets of erosion between your chompers and gums.

-Though it’s still dangerous, the harm from the first period of periodontal disease (gingivitis) is typically reversible by treatment from your dentist.

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

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

-The people most at risk for developing gum disease are those older than 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 chompers twice per day, floss once daily and visit our office for cleanings every six months.

We hope this post has been instructive for you. To schedule your next cleaning with Dr. Jason and Jean Larsen, give our Parkside Dental office in Murphy, Texas, a call at 972-535-8376 now.