What is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults older than 35?

Answer: Periodontal disease, which begins with gingivitis.

Dr. Hinze said gingivitis is inflammation of the gum that can lead to serious problems. Initial symptoms include bad breath and irritation, swelling and bleeding in the gums.

If the inflammation moves beyond the gums into the bone, it’s called periodontitis, and it causes loss of support in the bone around the teeth.

“If those symptoms are ignored, the bone that’s in the lower front begins to deteriorate and the teeth become loose,” Dr. Hinze said.

Once the disease reaches that point, it often requires “heroic” and expensive dental treatments, such as bone grafting, or long-term antibiotics.

The great news is that the disease is easily preventable.

“If you are vigilant with brushing and flossing, you won’t have this problem,” Dr. Hinze said.

Annual check-ups and cleanings with Dr. Hinze and his staff also keep gingivitis from becoming a problem.

Call us today at 995-5331 to schedule your appointment today.