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Rocky Hill, CT 06067
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By Family Dental Care
July 05, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  

Because gum disease typically develops slowly, over a period of several years in many cases, it can be easy to miss in the earlier gum diseasestages for people who skip yearly visits to the dentist. While many people think that gum disease is something they won't have to worry about before reaching retirement age, the fact is that no one is immune to the effects of poor oral hygiene. Genetics can increase the risk of developing periodontitis, regardless of age. But with a few lifestyle adjustments and preventive measures, it is possible for anyone to keep most or all of their teeth well into the twilight years.

The Hows and Whys of Periodontal Disease

Gum disease develops in stages. The first stage, known as gingivitis, is caused by a buildup of dental plaque and bacteria that leads to inflammation of the gums. Periodontal disease is the advanced stage where pockets form between the gum and underlying bone in the jaw, creating a space for bacteria to pool. One of the most common early symptoms of gingivitis is bleeding gums, usually while brushing and flossing, but sometimes while eating as well. Periodontitis can cause erosion of the bone tissue in the jaw, which can eventually lead to tooth loss.

The dentists at Rocky Hill, CT based Family Dental Care advise patients to be aware of the following signs and symptoms of periodontal disease:

  • swelling, tenderness, and irritation of the gums
  • redness of the gums
  • bad breath
  • gum recession
  • teeth that become loose or fall out
  • toothache

Gum Disease Prevention and Treatment in Rocky Hill

Good oral hygiene practices, like daily brushing and flossing and regular checkups and professional dental cleanings (at least once or twice a year) are the best way to prevent gum disease. Lifestyle habits like tobacco, alcohol, and excessive sugar consumption can increase the risk of developing periodontitis. A healthy, balanced diet can help to protect the teeth as well as the rest of the body.

Contact a Dentist in Rocky Hill

Even if you haven't been to the dentist in years, it's never too late to take control of your oral health. A comprehensive dental exam and cleaning is the first step. For more information on gum disease prevention and treatment, contact Family Dental Care by calling (860) 721-9002 to schedule an appointment today.


Dr. Mary Pergiovanni has been named the 2017 recipient of the Hartford Dental Society Dr. James & Ella Burr McManus Award


Dr. Mary Pergiovanni receives the 2017 Hartford Dental Society James and Ella Burr McManus Award


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