What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an infection of the soft tissues (gums) that presents itself in stages. It starts off in its most mild form, gingivitis, and if left untreated, can develop into full-blown periodontitis. Gum disease is most often caused by lack of good oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing. Our mouths are full of bacteria and when that bacteria isn’t regularly cleaned off of our teeth, it can accrue at the gum line and cause infection and inflammation. Unsure if you have gum disease? Here are some of the most common signs to look out for:
- Bleeding & Tender Gums
- Loose or Sensitive Teeth
- Pain when Chewing
- Persistent Bad Breath
- Pockets Between Gums & Teeth
- Receding Gums
- Red or Swollen Gums
Thorough, Deep Cleanings for Gum Disease
If you have periodontitis, we can perform periodontal treatments to help you regain a healthy smile. One of the most common treatments we perform is scaling and root planing (also known as a deep cleaning). In this two-part process, we scrape any tartar (hardened plaque) off of your teeth both at and below and gum line and use a solution to disinfect your mouth and your gums. Then, we smooth out any raised areas of your gums to prevent bacteria from aggregating in these areas and worsening the infection.
ARESTIN is a topical antibiotic that we place into deep pockets between the teeth and gums. It remains active in the pockets for a long period of time, helps reduce their depth, and rids any bacteria that collects in them. ARESTIN allows gums to heal faster in congruence with scaling and root planing treatment.
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Can gum disease affect your health?
Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease that can be completely reversed by simply enhancing your at-home oral care routine. Periodontitis can lead to damaged gums and jawbone loss, which requires more extensive dental work. If left untreated, periodontal disease can even lead to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. The best thing you can do is to seek treatment as soon as possible, regardless of what stage your gum disease has reached, to prevent any further damage from occurring.
How can I prevent gum disease?
The best way to prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease is by maintaining a comprehensive oral care routine and visiting the dentist regularly for exams and cleanings. We recommend thoroughly brushing the teeth twice a day for at least two minutes, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash. Avoiding tobacco products completely or as much as possible can also prove helpful. Some patients are simply more prone to developing gum disease than others, and if that’s the case, our team can offer specific advice based on your situation and lifestyle.
Is persistent bad breath a sign of gum disease?
Bad breath or a persistent bad taste in your mouth can be a sign of gum disease, but it’s also a symptom of other dental health issues, like chronic dry mouth. Our team will assess your teeth and gums at your appointment to diagnose the cause and create a custom treatment plan for you. If you have recently noticed that your breath has been less than fresh lately, you will want to schedule an appointment with our team in the near future, especially if you have any other symptoms of gum disease, like sore or bleeding gums.