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If you are already experiencing the symptoms of gum disease – bleeding gums, loose teeth, or shifting teeth – don’t wat to seek treatment.
In the final stage of gum disease, the bone and tissues supporting your teeth are destroyed. Once you’ve reached advanced periodontal disease, you can begin to lose your teeth. Reversing gum disease requires catching it in the early stages to avoid these serious consequences.
The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis, and that is when you need to catch it. Our dentist in Baptist will examine your gums to ensure they are healthy and able to support your teeth for years to come.
How to Cure Gingivitis
The earlier you are diagnosed, the easier it will be to provide an effective cure for gingivitis. Early treatment includes a strict oral hygiene routine and regular professional teeth cleaning. With care and your due diligence, an early gum disease cure is within reach.
To determine if you are suffering from this early stage of gum disease, contact us to schedule a dental evaluation today.
A healthy smile includes both healthy teeth and keeping gums healthy. The bacteria in your mouth can attack the enamel of the teeth and attack the gum tissue and bone that hold your teeth in place.
If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, you’re among many. About half of Americans over the age of 30 have some form of periodontal disease. “Peri” means around and “dontic” means tooth. Periodontal disease is just another phrase for gum disease.
What Causes Periodontal Disease?
The bacteria in tartar and plaque can spread below your gum line and erode the tissues and bone that hold the teeth in place.
There are several factors that can lead to periodontal disease, including:
- Poor tooth alignment
- Poor nutrition
- Genetic predisposition
- Poor dental hygiene
- Systemic diseases such as diabetes
What Are Common Signs of Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease commonly starts as a painless infection with few symptoms. Then, as it advances, you may have one or more of these signs of periodontal disease:
- Red, puffy, or bleeding gums
- Pus around the teeth
- Bad breath
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Loose teeth
- Gum recession
If you have any of these symptoms of gum disease, please call Dental Center at Baptist today at (305) 921-0511.
What Are the Types of Gum Disease?
Gingivitis, the first stage in gum disease, is the only stage that can be reversed with professional dental treatment and good dental hygiene at home.
If it goes untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis. As the disease progresses, it can break down the tissue and bone that supports the teeth, causing the gums to separate from the teeth. This space between the enamel and gum is called “pockets.” More bacteria can gather in these pockets, leading to further destruction of the gum tissue and bone.
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Gum disease has also been linked to diabetes, heart disease, and other diseases.
How is Periodontal Disease Treated?
Many people don’t realize it, but regular teeth cleaning, called a prophylaxis, only polishes the tooth above the gum line. To treat bacteria below the gum line, our hygienist or periodontist in Baptist will use a technique called scaling and root planing to remove the plaque and tartar from periodontal pockets and smooth the tooth root to remove bacteria. If needed, an antibiotic will be applied to treat the gum infection.
You may require more frequent teeth cleanings and periodontal maintenance to treat the infected areas and keep your gum disease in check. Gum disease is a systemic disease, which is why it is only reversible when it’s caught in the gingivitis stage.
If the bone supporting your teeth has been destroyed, already, due to periodontal disease, our dentist or a specialist may recommend a regenerative procedure like a bone graft, tissue graft, or tissue-stimulating proteins to regenerate bone and tissue.
What Can I Do at Home to Prevent Gum Disease?
The most effective way to prevent gum disease is for you to rigorously perform good oral hygiene at home and have professional teeth cleanings at least twice a year – more if you require periodontal maintenance. Brushing your teeth after every meal, then flossing at least once a day will prevent tartar build-up on your teeth and below your gum line.