Periodontitis is a progressive disease of the gum tissue and the leading cause of tooth loss in adults today. The good news is that if the disease is diagnosed in its earliest stage it can be turned around before any irreversible damage is done.
Gingivitis is the initial stage of gum disease. Accompanying symptoms can include redness and swelling, tenderness, bleeding after brushing your teeth or persistent bad breath. If you experience any of these warning signs see your dentist asap. Early treatment is the way to avoid serious repercussions.
The best defense against gum disease is a good offense. A regimen of good oral hygiene habits can help to prevent the onset of gingivitis. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing, along with regular professional care and a healthy lifestyle will greatly decrease the chances for gingivitis to develop.
Plaque is the the bacterial film that forms over your teeth during any typical day. If it isn’t removed by regular brushing and flossing it will eventually harden into tartar which can only be removed by a dental hygienist. If you can brush after every meal do so but wait for thirty minutes after eating anything acidic so that your tooth enamel can recover from the attack.