What's the number one bacteria source on your body?
Your mouth is full of bacteria--more than any other part of the body--because the digestive process starts there. Brushing and flossing lowers the bacterial count, but harmful bacteria can still cause gum inflammation. Gum disease starts with surface inflammation, then spreads deeper, until it can even destroy the bone around your teeth.
What are the signs of gum disease?
- red, swollen or tender gums or other pain in your mouth
- bleeding while brushing, flossing, or eating hard food
- gums that are receding, making the teeth look longer
- loose or separating teeth
- pus around the gumline
- sores in your mouth
- persistent bad breath
- a change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
Left untreated, gum disease leads to tooth loss. If you have any of the problems listed above, and they persist, then it's time for a dental checkup!
Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309