How Gum Disease Affects Your Teeth

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You probably already know that gum disease can be a fairly serious problem, but would you be surprised to learn that some people suffer from gum disease and don’t even know it? This is one reason we suggest scheduling an appointment with our team every six months. You see, our team is specifically trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of gum disease–and to help you cope with these problems.

If you have gum disease, you might notice your gums swelling. Sadly, if this is not treated, you could develop more serious problems. In fact, after you eat, plaque forms around your teeth. If you don’t remove this filmy plaque, it will eventually harden into tartar, which needs to be removed by a dental professional. Again, please don’t try to remove tartar from home, as trying to clean tartar could damage your teeth. Unfortunately, if you see that your gums are swollen or are bleeding, you could already have gum disease. To make matters worse, these symptoms could indicate that your gum disease is at a more advanced stage than you might expect.

If you have a severe case of gum disease, your gums and the tissue that hold your pearly whites in place will be affected. In other words, if gum disease is not treated quickly enough, you could ultimately lose your tooth. Once this happens, you’d need to consider a restoration.

If you are interested in learning more about the care you can receive from our team, or have more questions about gum disease in Austin, Texas, please don’t hesitate to give Barton Oaks Dental Group a call at 512-327-6947. Our dentist, Dr. Joseph Neeley, and our team will be happy to address any concerns you may have. We’re excited to hear from you soon.