Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is one of the most common diseases affecting adults today. In fact, nearly 50% of American adults over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease! It’s also the most common cause of tooth loss in adults.
This very common but largely preventable condition occurs when bacteria on your teeth begin to form around and under your gums. When this bacteria hardens, it forms plaque and tartar, a hard and sticky buildup that is very difficult to remove from simple brushing and flossing.
The build-up then causes decay, which prompts the gum tissue to loosen and recede. Down the road, this can lead to loose teeth that may fall out on their own or require extraction.
Common signs of gum disease include:
- Red and swollen gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Chronic bad breath
- Gums that appear to be receding
- Teeth that are sensitive to hot, cold, or sugary food and drink
- Teeth that feel loose
If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease, contact the team at Timberhill Dental right away. Although the effects of untreated gum disease become more serious over time, the disease is largely preventable, and in early stages, even reversible.
We’ve all heard of cavities, right? A cavity is a hole that develops in the tooth following a build-up of sticky, hard to remove bacteria called plaque. If left untreated, over time plaque weakens the outer protective layer of the tooth, called the enamel, and burrows into the tooth’s softer, more sensitive layers.
This can eventually lead to severe infection in the tooth, which may require extraction.
Common signs of tooth decay include:
- Toothache or mild to moderate tooth pain
- Tooth sensitivity
- Pain when you chew or bite
- Brown, black, or white staining on a tooth
Hypodontia, for example, is a developmental abnormality in which some permanent teeth never develop and grow (usually between 1-5 permanent teeth). This condition tends to run in families.