More than 45% of adults over the age of 30 have chronic periodontitis in the USA, according to the American Dental Association. Periodontal disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults, which is why you need to visit Dr. Jerry Johnson for your bi-annual dental checkup in Pasadena, CA.
Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Periodontal disease, gum disease, is caused by plaque, a sticky substance that contains bacteria. When teeth aren't thoroughly brushed, the buildup of plaque on teeth becomes hard tartar and bacteria start breaking down enamel and spreading to deeper layers, as well as your gums.
Early Signs of Gum Disease
When plaque continues to buildup, it turns into something called tartar, or calculus. This will likely cause swelling and gums bleeding easily while brushing them. Other early signs or symptoms of gum disease that indicate you need immediate attention from your dentist include:
Other reasons you may develop gum disease is because of any of the following: crooked teeth that can't be cleaned properly, pregnancy, diabetes, smoking, and chewing tobacco, medications, and genetics.
Need to call a dentist?
If you would like to speak with Dr. Jerry Johnson of Pasadena, CA, or schedule a bi-annual checkup, call 626-798-7896.