Typically you won’t show any signs of gum disease until you are in your 30’s or 40’s and men are more likely to have gum disease than women. Though teens don’t typically develop periodontitis, it is possible for them to develop gingivitis which is the milder form of gum disease. Gum disease develops when plaque is allowed to build up along and under the gum line.
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Periodontitis means inflammation around the tooth and it causes the gums to pull away from your teeth and to form spaces that become infected. As your immune system works hard to fight the bacterial toxins, the connective tissue that holds your teeth in place is caught in the middle of this battle and winds up getting destroyed. Eventually the affected teeth will become loose and have to be removed.
Many adults in the U.S. currently have some form of periodontal disease, so you’re not alone. Brushing and flossing gets rid of plaque but what isn’t removed forms tartar by hardening. Only a professional cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist can remove tartar. Be sure to have your teeth cleaned regularly by a professional at least twice a year. Aside from preventing decay, problems can be detected and corrected before they can become painful and worse.
Plaque and tartar are harmful to your teeth the longer it is allowed to remain on them. Inflammation of your gums, known as gingivitis, is caused by the bacterium that builds up. Your gums become swollen, red and bleed easily. Gingivitis can be reversed with regular cleanings by a dentist and daily brushing and flossing. While gingivitis doesn’t result in the loss of bone and tissue that hold your teeth in place, if it’s not properly treated it will worsen and become periodontitis.