All Coast Dental

Friday, November 20, 2015

Gum Disease

Gum disease can be painful, unsightly, and can lead to disastrous dental health. At All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach, CA, we want our patients to know how gum disease happens, what it means, and how to avoid it.

Gum disease is a condition where the gums become irritated and unhealthy. They may be red, painful, swollen, and may bleed frequently. If left untreated, gum disease may cause teeth to fall out. It can also cause bad infections that may spread if not stopped.

Gum disease develops due to bad oral hygiene. When plaque and tartar build up, it irritates the gums and causes them to pull away from the teeth. This creates deep pockets where bacteria can hide and cause damage further down.

In order to prevent gum disease from becoming a reality, you must brush your teeth two to three times per day and floss once per day. Make sure to brush all surfaces of the teeth and your tongue. Each brushing session should take about two minutes. When flossing, be sure to floss between the contacts of all teeth in your mouth. In addition to home care, routine dental visits are also important. Your dentist can professionally clean your teeth and tell you when a spot is frequently being missed when you brush.

Gum disease can turn serious without any major signs. To learn more or to schedule your appointment with All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach, CA, call our office at (858) 270-4904 or visit our website,