Gum Disease 101

womancoveringmouthwshirtYou may know that it’s very important to avoid gum disease to protect your smile. You may even have a vague understanding that excellent dental hygiene will protect your gums from experiencing periodontal illness. However, that does not mean that you have a solid grasp regarding what exactly this type of disease is, why it occurs, or if there’s anything you can do to avoid it. As a result of this disease’s extremely damaging side effects (and because it’s quite easy to avoid) we encourage you to brush up on the basics. The more you know, the greater your ability will be to maintain the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve to enjoy. Consider the following details:

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is a problem that includes the inflammation and infection of your gum tissue. You may also hear this referred to as “periodontal disease.” It begins with a stage called gingivitis, in which your gum tissue becomes inflamed and will often appear red or tender. This is the best time to visit us because we can cure gingivitis and stop the progression of the disease. However, once the problem flourishes beyond gingivitis, gum disease will become something that we can manage but that we cannot completely reverse.

How Can I Prevent It?

You may easily prevent the development of gum disease with preventive dentistry. The goal is to remove as much plaque from your teeth as possible on a consistent basis. Why? Plaque, filled with bacteria, irritates gum tissue. When you leave it on your teeth, the irritation will continue until infection occurs. Fortunately, prevention is simple. You can remove plaque effectively with daily brushing and flossing and with six-month visits to see us for dental cleanings. Checkups will also allow us to quickly identify inflammation and offer treatment. Worried you may be suffering from gum disease? Contact us right away, so we can improve your oral health.


At A Briter Smile Dental Group, our dentists strive to offer each patient individual care and access to the latest in modern dentistry at an affordable price. If you would like to schedule a consultation, call us at our Santa Clarita Valley office at (661) 251-0480. We also service Newhall, Castaic, Canyon Country, Saugus, and nearby areas.