Gum Disease Treatment
Are your gums swollen and tender or do they bleed during brushing and flossing? If so, you are most likely experiencing symptoms of periodontal disease (gum disease). Periodontal disease affects millions of people and is the primary cause of tooth loss in the U.S.
Causes of Gum Disease
Periodontal disease is an infection that attacks gum tissue and ligaments that hold your teeth in place. It starts when food debris lingers on your teeth, leading to a build-up of plaque.
Plaque that remains on your teeth gives bacteria a place to linger and grow, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. Without proper brushing, flossing, and routine dental cleanings, a hard substance known as tartar will eventually develop.
Adult periodontitis is the most serious form of gum disease. As the infection progresses, deep pockets form between your teeth and gums. Food particles, plaque, and tartar will gradually build up and the infection worsens. Without treatment, supporting gum tissue is destroyed and may ultimately result in tooth loss.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
One reason that periodontal disease is such a widespread problem is that it can develop rapidly and damage your gums before you’re even aware it exists.
However, there are a number of symptoms that indicate gum disease is present:
- Your teeth bleed when brushing and flossing
- Your gums are red, tender, or swollen
- You have chronic bad breath that doesn’t go away after using mouthwash
- Your teeth feel like they’re becoming loose
We stress the importance of regular dental cleanings and exams for this very reason – they allow us to find and treat gum disease before it destroys your oral health.
Effective Gum Disease Treatment
The type of gum disease treatment our hygienist recommends depends on the extent of your infection. In its earliest stages, we can often halt its progress with more frequent dental cleanings.
For more advanced gum disease, we will recommend a deep cleaning. This is a non-surgical procedure where our hygienist gently removes plaque and tartar above and below the gum line (scaling). The procedure also involves smoothing of rough spots on your tooth root (planing).These steps remove bacteria and provide a clean surface for your gums to reattach to your teeth.
If inflammation and deep pockets remain, we can use state-of-the-art periodontal lasers to remove harmful bacteria, promote regrowth of healthy gum tissue, and keep gum disease from coming back. Laser therapy is gentle, comfortable, and requires very little recovery time.
After treatment, our hygienist will also talk to you about your oral health habits and show you steps you can take to prevent further infections, receding gums, and possible bone and tooth loss.
Your Partner in Fighting Gum Disease
We are committed to doing everything possible to help you avoid the onset of periodontal disease. Although gum disease is a serious oral health threat, it is almost always preventable with proper oral hygiene and regular visits to our Eynon dental office for professional cleanings and exams.
If you’re seeing any of the symptoms described here, or if you just need to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning, please give us a call. Together we can prevent gum disease from taking its toll on your good oral health.