Gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease, is an oral health issue caused by the infection of your gums, often attributed to plaque buildup in your mouth. Gum disease usually causes your gum tissue to erode. This can lead to a wide array of symptoms including bleeding gums, constant bad breath, loose and wobbly teeth, and a drawn back appearance to your smile.
Noticing gum disease is essential if you want to catch the disorder before it can truly do any serious harm. Because gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a progressive disorder, you can show sign of it for a very long time before it evolves into its advanced stages. In its early development, gum disease is called gingivitis.
Various unpleasant habits and choices in your life can greatly increase your risk for gum disease. Several medications you may be taking can cause dry mouth symptoms. Dry mouth raises your risk for a variety of oral health ailments including gum disease. Furthermore, extremely unhealthy habits such as smoking and chewing tobacco can destroy your gums and directly lead to gum disease.
For any additional questions or concerns about gum disease, Robert A. Horowitz, DDS is here to help you with all your oral health needs. For a complete diagnosis from Dr. Robert Horowitz and our team at our dentist office in Scarsdale, New York, you can schedule an appointment by calling us at 914-529-4136. Come in and become a success story with a healthier smile today.