Gum Disease and Tooth Loss

Your teeth serve a vital function in your digestion and are essential to your overall health. And, while you may think that losing a tooth (or teeth) would only result in a change in your appearance, losing a tooth (or several teeth) can be detrimental to your health.

Do you know the number one cause of tooth loss in adults? It’s not trauma or injury. It’s gum disease, also known as periodontal disease.

What causes gum disease?

In the early stages of gum disease, you may experience inflammation of the gums due to bacteria below the gumline. If this bacteria is not treated, the disease can progress, and you can experience periodontitis.

What are the symptoms of periodontitis?

With periodontitis you might experience the following symptoms:

  • Swollen gums
  • Bright red, dark red, or purple gums
  • Tender gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Gums that pull away from your teeth
  • Spaces developing between your teeth
  • Pus between your teeth and gums
  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Painful chewing
  • A change in your bite

Why does tooth loss occur?

If your gums become too weak to support your teeth, you may experience tooth loss. Additionally, your dentist may recommend extracting teeth that can’t be supported. 

Can gum disease be prevented?

The good news is that when gum disease is detected early, it can be reversed. With proper dental care that includes regular checkups, brushing your teeth twice per day, and flossing daily – you can keep your teeth healthy.

If your dentist has diagnosed you with gingivitis, consider adding Perfect Smile Oral Care products to your daily oral hygiene regimen. These products have been clinically proven to help fight gum disease and will help you to avoid tooth loss due to periodontitis.