What is Gum Disease?

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Gum disease is the most common cause of oral health decline. Although it starts off small, periodontal disease can fashion into a major problem if it’s not treated quickly. Because we care about your dental health and well-being, we’ve assembled this post about gum disease and what you need to know about it.

Side effects of periodontal disease can vary. Because blood appears in infected gums, you will likely spit out a few bits of blood when brushing your teeth if you have gum disease. (Though bleeding gums can mean different things and aren’t always a signal of gum disease.) Another side effect of periodontal disease is bad breath, also defined as halitosis. The pain felt when brushing or touching the gums is also a side effect of periodontal disease.

So when did we start attributing these side effects to periodontal disease? Although the ailment has been around for a very long time, scientists didn’t begin understanding periodontal disease the way we do now until the late 1700s. Later, in 1875, dentist and scientist John T. Riggs wrote that gum disease is a “suppurative inflammation of the gums and alveolar process,” giving a definition to what we now refer to as periodontal disease. Lots of discoveries about gum disease, its prevention, and its treatment have been made since then, and we’re continuing to learn more about it even today.

Have you visited our office in a while? For the best dental health, you should get a checkup with the dentist at least two times a year. Please give Dr. Ron Stewart and the Lithonia, Georgia, Stewart Family Dentistry office a call at 770-872-0662 now to pencil in your next visit.