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You may not know this, but one of the main factors in adult tooth loss is gum disease (also known as periodontal disease). This can happen because you may not even be aware that you have it unless you see your dentist regularly as this condition can often be painless.

To determine the cause of gum disease, look no further than plaque–a sticky, bacterial film that forms every day in your mouth. This is precisely why you want to brush and floss. Daily attention removes plaque and prevents it from hardening into tartar.

Once plaque hardens, you will need to have it professionally removed by our dentist, Dr. Nancy Urquiola. Signs that you may have it include swollen or red, tender gums, bleeding gums, loose teeth, persistent bad breath and receding gums.

Treating periodontal degeneration can be as easy as detecting it early. In fact, in the early stages, it is often reversible. Treatment at this stage would include stepping up your oral hygiene routine–brushing at least twice each day and flossing at least once–followed by a professional dental cleaning.

Once gum disease advances, Dr. Nancy Urquiola may recommend additional professional dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery to overcome the condition.

So you see, taking care of your smile is crucial for long term oral health, and that means striving for both healthy teeth and gums. If you would like to schedule your next visit with our team, please call 734-973-7450 today. At Urquiola Dental Center PC in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Nancy Urquiola and our dedicated team want to help you reach all of your smile goals!