Our team of talented doctors and specialists at Dental Associates of Corona strive to educate our patients on maintaining optimal oral health. If you have visited our Corona dentist office, you are probably familiar with the terms “gingivitis” or “gum disease.” However, our dentists have found that many patients are unaware of how gum disease impacts a patient’s oral health. Your Corona dentists answer frequently asked questions about gum disease.

What causes gum disease?

Gum disease is caused by tartar buildup that inflames and infects the gum tissue. As tartar collects near the gum line, it irritates the gums and causes them to pull away from the teeth. As the gums recede, tartar will accumulate below the gum line where it builds up in the deep areas of gum tissue and along the roots of teeth.

How does gum disease affect oral health?

Gum disease is the chief cause of tooth loss in adulthood. When the gums recede, it loosens that natural bond that secures teeth in place. Eventually, as tartar collects along the roots of teeth and under the gum line, teeth will become loose and fall out. Advanced gum disease is also characterized as a widespread infection throughout the mouth. In some cases, the infection may even enter a patient’s bloodstream. A wealth of scientific research points to gum disease affecting a patient’s general wellbeing—especially heart health.

How does one prevent gum disease?

Preventing gum disease involves adopting thorough oral hygiene practices. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes at a time. Be sure to brush in soft circular motions near the gum line and on the soft oral tissues. Daily flossing is also important for cleaning between teeth and removing debris. You should visit our Corona dentist office every six months for professional dental cleanings and checkups. Our dental hygienists will remove tartar buildup and look for signs of gum disease.

To schedule an appointment with Dental Associates of Corona, contact us at (951) 273-9580.