Some people do not know that gum disease can be spread. Therefore, you need to practice extreme care when it comes to your dental hygiene practices.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease occurs when you neglect a regular dental routine. It would be best if you brushed at least twice a day and floss at least once daily. This type of regular dental practice will help you fight tooth decay and problems with dental disease. In its first stages, gum disease is known as gingivitis. At this point, the gum infection can be reversed by practicing regular dental care at home and by visiting us every six months. Gingivitis can be insidious, as the gums may bleed slightly, but you will not notice anything else out of the ordinary.
What Happens When Gum Disease Progresses
If you continue to ignore brushing and flossing, gum disease can advance to periodontitis. At this point, the gums pull away from the teeth and, many times, the roots of the teeth are exposed. You may also experience severe bleeding or problems with inflammation and swelling. When gum disease reaches this point, we usually need to recommend special periodontal treatments to prevent further disease spread.
How the Disease Spreads to Other People
If you get gum disease, you can also spread the infection to others if you are not careful. This can be done by sharing a toothbrush or, for instance, kissing your spouse. Even if the other person does not have the disease or may brush daily, they can still get the infection if you have the disease and come in close contact. Therefore, never share your toothbrush and keep it in a separate place from other members of your household. They should also do the same thing. As noted, you need to be careful about kissing people, as this can spread the infection as well. Give us a call to set up an appointment for a consultation if you experience bleeding gums when you brush your teeth. By practicing good dental care, you will also protect the other members of your household.