Gentle Dental of Center City
201 South 13th Street, 1st Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107

How Gum Disease Can Affect Teens

Teen Dental Issues

The prospect of gum disease is likely not causing many teenagers many sleepless nights. If you are a teenager or the parent of one, understanding that even teens are vulnerable to it is extremely important. Learning everything possible about the signs and symptoms of gum disease, as well as effective methods of prevention is one of the most valuable dental care initiatives you can take.

A common cause of gum disease is plaque buildup that results from poor dental care habits. Fortunately, plaque and the bacteria contained in plaque can be combated with good success simply by brushing twice daily, flossing every day, and visiting an affordable dentist regularly at a family dentistry office in Center City Philadelphia.

Other causes of gum disease in teenagers include hormonal changes, wearing braces, lack of proper sleep, eating foods rich in sugars and starchy carbohydrates, and diabetes. Tobacco use is known to be the cause of serious gum conditions in teenagers as well, and if you are currently a smoker, now is the time to stop.

Also called periodontal disease and gingivitis, gum disease is essentially an infection that has permeated the bone and tissues that support your teeth. When left untreated, gum disease can become something rather serious, ultimately causing the teeth to loosen or fall out.

If your gums bleed when brushing your teeth, or appear red or puffy, you may have the mildest form of gum disease, gingivitis. Proper dental care at home and routine visits to an affordable dentist can work to reverse gingivitis if it is caught early. However, if it is neglected and buildup of plaque continues, a more serious condition known as periodontitis can develop.

Although gingivitis can be reversed fairly easily, periodontitis is much more serious. Special treatment such as antibiotics, deep cleaning of the teeth and gums, gingival grafting, and even surgery may be necessary. Periodontitis causes weakening of your gums, causing pockets to form near the base of your teeth. Bacteria will collect in the pockets, leading to additional damage to your gums. Ultimately, the jawbone will be affected, and your teeth could loosen and fall out. If you begin to notice that your gums are separating from your teeth, you need to seek immediate attention from your family dentistry professional.

It really does pay to follow simple gum disease prevention tips, which include diligent daily dental care, regular visits to an affordable dentist, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding all tobacco products.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Center City Philadelphia, call Gentle Dental of Center City today at (215) 941-5634 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Center City Philadelphia. With 14 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Center City, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Center City.

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