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Understanding Gum Disease: Symptoms, Stages, and Prevention

Understanding Gum Disease: Symptoms, Stages, and Prevention

Gum Disease, or periodontal disease, is a common but preventable condition affecting the gums and supporting structures of your teeth. At Holman Family Dentistry, we emphasize the importance of understanding gum disease to maintain optimal oral health. Here’s what you need to know about its causes, symptoms, and stages.

Causes of Gum Disease

Gum disease is primarily caused by the buildup of plaque, a sticky film of bacteria on your teeth. If not removed through regular brushing and flossing, plaque can harden into tartar, which requires professional removal. Other contributing factors include:

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Watch for these signs:

Stages of Gum Disease

  1. Gingivitis: The earliest stage, characterized by gum inflammation. It’s reversible with good oral hygiene and professional cleanings.
  2. Periodontitis: If untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, involving bone and connective tissue destruction, potentially leading to tooth loss.

Prevention Strategies

Preventing gum disease involves good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Tips include:

Understanding gum disease and taking proactive steps to prevent it can help you maintain a healthy smile. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact Holman Family Dentistry for an appointment. Our team is dedicated to providing the best care for your oral health.

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