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Gum disease, also called “periodontal disease,” is an infection of the gums. Bacteria begin to build up between the gums and teeth, and then infect and attack the healthy gum tissue.
Poor oral hygiene is the biggest contributing factor, but other factors like smoking, an unhealthy diet, and dry mouth can contribute to the risk of developing gum disease.
This depends on the extent and severity of gum disease. Usually, gum disease is split into three different categories, as follows:
You can prevent gum disease with proper oral hygiene and periodontal care. Make sure to brush twice a day for two minutes, floss once a day, and use antibacterial mouthwash to kill oral bacteria. You should also see a dentist twice a year for checkups and teeth cleanings to keep your mouth healthy.
Depending on your situation, there may be other steps you can take to reduce your risk of gum disease, like quitting smoking, reducing your alcohol intake, addressing dry mouth, controlling diabetes, and staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
At Clermont Family Dentistry, Clermont dentists Dr. Mundi Buechele, Dr. Christian Ortiz, and Dr. Chuong Nguyen are experts in gum disease treatment. If you believe you may have gum disease, it’s important to get help as soon as possible. The more quickly you get the periodontal care you need, the better your outcome will be. Contact us online or call us at (352) 242-1763 to schedule an appointment at Clermont Family Dentistry right away.