Half of Adults Over 30 Have Gum Disease: Signs and Prevention

It’s morning, and what’s a better way to start your day than by brewing a hot cup of coffee? However, when you take a sip from the hot, flavorful liquid, you can’t help but squint in pain when it touches your teeth. 

If hot or cold drinks give you tooth sensitivity, it could be a warning sign of gingivitis.

Gingivitis is a bacterial infection that can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. The good news is that the damage is reversible if you treat gingivitis early. Even if your bacterial infection has progressed, you can fight back and save your teeth.

From the staff of Aquila Dental, here’s how you can take back control over your oral health.

Gum disease warning signs 

You may be experiencing gum disease if you have the following symptoms:

There are three stages of gum disease: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. In the early stages, symptoms are mild. You may see blood on your toothbrush or experience sensitivities to cold or hot drinks. If caught early, gingivitis is treated with ease since the bone and the connective tissue are not yet affected. 

In the later stages, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis, you develop irreversible damage that may prompt more aggressive treatments. 

Gum disease prevention

The bad bacteria in your mouth thrive on simple sugars. Unfortunately, eating straight sugar isn’t the thing that can cause plaque accumulation. Foods high in starches are also broken down into sugars by the acids in your mouth.

Aside from limiting your sugar and starch intake, you may also be able to prevent gum disease if you:

Gum disease is also associated with the modern lifestyle. Historical research suggests that our hunter-gatherer ancestors not only had fewer dental caries and less inflammation, but they also had fewer dental misalignments. 

Treatment options 

Depending on the extent of the damage due to inflammation in your oral cavity, you may benefit from the following treatments:

Our team at Aquila Dental has all the tools to help you prevent pain, inflammation, and tooth loss. Contact us to schedule an appointment to get a customized dental care treatment.

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