Fighting Gum Disease
While much of dentistry is focused on taking care of the teeth, that’s not where your dentist’s job stops. When it comes to your oral health, maintaining your gum health is just as important when it comes to protecting your smile. Periodontal therapy is a collection of treatments specifically used to manage and prevent gum disease, which is a bacterial infection of the gum tissue and bone that support the teeth. It’s usually caused by a lack of oral hygiene, and while early symptoms like redness and swelling are easy to miss, it can eventually develop into the leading cause of tooth loss in the entire world!
This is why the team at Celebration Family Dental will always keep an eye on your gums whenever you come to see us. If you ever show any signs of this infection, we’ll quickly be able to catch it and stop it from negatively affecting your smile. Do your gums feel sore, look red, or bleed easily whenever you brush your teeth? If so, you may already have gum disease, so contact us today to get the treatment you need.
Because gum disease is a bacterial infection, we can fight it using a variety of antibiotics. They may come in the form of a pill, mouth rinse, or a powder or gel that is applied directly to the gums. In any case, they’ll work to kill harmful bacteria and restore the health of your smile.
A deep cleaning is usually our first line of defense against early-stage gum disease, better known as gingivitis. This will consist of two parts: one where your dentist gently removes plaque and tartar deposits from your gum line, and another where the rough surfaces of your teeth’s roots will be smoothed out to prevent plaque and bacteria from accumulating on them in the future.
This is an extremely effective dental treatment that is used to clean the small spaces between the gums and teeth where gum disease bacteria tends to gather and thrive. Once all plaque and tartar have been removed, your dentist can then apply a direct antibiotic to prevent reinfection and shrink the pocket itself.
Periodontal Disease FAQ’s
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a common problem that affects millions of people across the world. However, the signs are often hard to notice, and there is a lot of curiosity about the risks associated. That’s why we have included the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about periodontal disease. Read on to get the information you need for healthy gums.
How Do I Know if I Have Periodontal Disease?
Gum disease affects about half of the American population, but many people still don’t know the common signs. You should be on the look out for swollen, red, puffy, or tender gums. Another common symptom is bleeding when brushing or flossing. If you notice this problem, call our office right away. This is usually a sign of infection in your gum tissue.
Is Periodontal Disease Considered an Emergency?
While gum disease should always be treated as serious, it’s not in the same category as sudden dental injury like a lost tooth. However, it’s vital that you call our office immediately after noticing signs of periodontal disease. We will schedule your appointment for treatment as soon as possible. Unlike other medical issues that can get better with time, infection in the gums will only grow worse, leading to serious health effects if left untreated.
What Are the Health Risks of Periodontal Disease?
If caught early on, your gum disease can be treated and completely reversed. However, if your infection persists, it could result in permanently damaged gum disease, jawbone deterioration, and even tooth loss. Unfortunately, the problems don’t stop there. Periodontal disease has been linked with increased risks of heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, certain cancers, Alzheimer’s disease, and more overall health problems. The bacteria that inflames your gums can get in your blood stream and inflame your arteries, causing risks of these severe issues.
How Can I Prevent Periodontal Disease?
Thankfully, periodontal disease and the problems that come with it can be completely prevented if you know the right steps to take. Start by brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each session. Also, pay extra close attention to your gumline as this is the area where plaque and bacteria tend to collect. Additionally, floss daily to remove lingering food debris from in between your teeth and on your gumline. You can also add a nonalcoholic mouthwash to your routine to clean areas your brush and floss couldn’t reach. Lastly, maintain regular checkups and cleanings with our office so we can help protect your smile!
If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.