Understanding Gum Disease

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One of the major causes of tooth erosion, tooth loss and cavities in adults, gum disease can be found in about half of the Americans over 30. So what is gum disease? Learn a little more about gum disease and what impacts it can have on you by reading below.

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, gingivitis and periodontitis, is an ailment of the gums caused by excess amounts of acids swelling the pockets of gums around the teeth. Food leftovers and food remnants in the mouth attract bacterial phages which break the food down into acids, and these bacterial acids inflame the gums. When the inflammation gets out of hand, teeth can fall out. The bacteria are not good for your teeth either, and when they’re left to sit, they can rupture the enamel layers of your teeth and rot away at the dentin layers, making cavities. The best way to battle off gum disease is to brush your pearly whites twice per day and floss at least one time per day, and you should also see your dentist frequently.

If you want an appointment in Tucson, Arizona, call Dr. James R. Knochel and the James R. Knochel, D.D.S., P.C. staff at 520-747-7944 now. The team would love to see you in our office again soon!