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Gum disease is one of the most prevalent diseases in America, yet it’s also very easy to prevent. All you need is basic oral health care and you’re fine. However, many people neglect their oral health and don’t do everything possible to prevent gum disease.

So to help you want to prevent gum disease, our team here at Vela Dental Centers Crosstown put this post together for information on treating and preventing gum disease.

The earliest form of gum disease is known as gingivitis. Early symptoms include gums that bleed easily when brushing and flossing and issues with chronic bad breath. In many cases, the gums might also look red or inflamed.

In many cases, gingivitis can be resolved through improvements in your oral hygiene routine and by attending your twice-annual dental checkup and cleaning with your dentist, Dr. Ben Vela & Henry Arendono.

If left unchecked, gingivitis can progress into the most serious form of gum disease known as periodontitis. When this happens, the inflammation in the gum tissues starts to make the gums recede from the base of your teeth. Eventually, pockets of infection start to form near the roots of your teeth.

Without treatment, periodontitis can even result in the loss of bone structure in the part of your jaw that anchors your teeth. In some cases, advanced periodontitis requires surgical intervention or prescription antibiotics to effectively treat and resolve the problem.

If you’re concerned about your oral health, or you think you may need treatment, call us today at 361.884.2266 to schedule an appointment.