Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores
26210 Harper Avenue, Suite 100, St. Clair Shores, MI 48081

A Teenager’s Guide to Gum Disease

Teen Dental Issues

As a teenager, you probably feel like you are invincible. When it comes to gum disease, you may believe it to be something far more likely to affect your parents or even your grandparents. However, you really need to realize that teenagers are indeed susceptible to gum disease, and the consequences of developing it can be quite embarrassing as well as detrimental to your overall health.

Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is essentially an infection that has permeated the bone and tissues that support your teeth. When left untreated, the condition can progress to become something rather serious, ultimately causing the teeth to loosen or come out all on their own.

A common cause of gum disease is plaque buildup that results from poor dental care habits. Fortunately, plaque and the bacteria contained in plaque can be combated with good success simply by brushing twice daily, flossing every day, and visiting an affordable dentist regularly at a family dentistry office in St. Clair Shores.

Some risk factors for gum disease in teenagers include such things as diets rich in sugars and starchy carbohydrates, the wearing of orthodontic braces, lack of proper sleep, diabetes, and hormonal changes. Tobacco use is known to be the cause of serious gum conditions in teenagers as well, and if you are currently a smoker, now is the time to stop.

If you find that you have bloody gums when brushing your teeth, or gums that appear red or puffy, you may have the mildest form of gum disease, gingivitis. Proper dental care at home and routine visits to an affordable dentist can work to reverse this condition if it is caught early. However, if the situation is neglected and further buildup of plaque continues, a more serious condition known as periodontitis can develop.

Periodontitis causes weakening of your gums, and pockets will begin to form near the base of your teeth. Bacteria will collect in the pockets, leading to additional degradation of your gums. Ultimately, the jawbone will be affected, and your teeth could loosen and fall out. If you begin to notice that your gums are separating from your teeth, you need to seek immediate attention from your family dentistry professional.

While gingivitis can be reversed fairly easily, periodontitis is another matter entirely. Specialized treatment may be necessary and can include things such as the administration of antibiotics, deep cleaning of the teeth and gums, gingival grafting, and even surgery. Therefore, it really does pay to follow some simple gum disease prevention tips that include proper daily dental care, routine visits to an affordable dentist, sticking to a healthy diet, and steering clear of tobacco products.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in St. Clair Shores, call Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores today at (248) 850-1809 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in St. Clair Shores. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores.

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