Save Your Smile By Protecting Your Gums
- April 17, 2018
It’s time to talk about something that has been ignored for too long by too many people.
It’s a problem that will affect as many as 8 in 10 Americans, and for some, it will be a chronic problem that affects them throughout their lives.
It’s gum disease, also known as periodontal disease.
No matter what you call it, it’s the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. It’s also a problem that could be prevented with help from our team at Gentle Dental Care.
Call us at (860) 479-2397 if you live in or near Plainville, CT. Preventive dentistry is one of our priorities, but our dentist, Dr. Thomas Peltzer, offers advanced gum disease treatments that can make your mouth healthy once again.
What You Should Watch For
If you do develop gum disease — and statistics suggest that you probably will at one time or another — we hope you identify the symptoms of gingivitis, which is a mild gum infection.
These symptoms are:
- Gums that look redder than normal
- Gums that appear swollen
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss your teeth
Healthy gums look pink and feel firm to the touch. If your gums are bleeding, something is wrong. Often, this bleeding is an indication that you aren’t flossing (which you should do every day) like you should.
By following the ADA guidelines about daily brushing and flossing and regular professional cleanings, you may be able to reverse your gingivitis. If not, you could develop periodontitis. This is an advanced form of gum disease. You should make an appointment with us as soon as you are able if you notice any of its symptoms:
- Sore gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Gums that bleed easily
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
The longer your gum disease is allowed to persist, the more bacteria will live in your mouth. Those bacteria are the source of the constant bad taste in your mouth.
As your infection gets worse, your gums will separate from your teeth. This can allow bacteria to attack the roots of your teeth, and it can lead to damage to the bone holding your roots in place. With more separation and weaker bones, it’s no wonder your tooth can become loose or fall out.
Treating Gum Disease
At Gentle Dental Care, we can remove the infection from your gums using a variety of techniques.
In the early stages, scaling and root planing is often effective. We may prescribe an antibiotic as well to reduce your risk of a recurring infection.
In the more serious cases, periodontal surgery may be required. (Keep in mind that we offer multiple forms of dental sedation, including IV sedation, so we can perform these procedures without you feeling anything.)
We may have to remove infected gum tissue in some case. In others, we may need to remove plaque or tartar from your roots.
If needed, we also can perform a gum graft to replace gum tissue that may have been lost and to restore the appearance of your healthy smile.
The Best Defense is a Good Offense
If you would rather avoid the irritation of gum disease and the expense of treating it, then you need to be proactive about your oral health.
Preventive dentistry is a team effort. It requires a commitment on your part to brushing and flossing like you should. This is how you remove bacteria and plaque, which can lead to the tooth decay and gum disease.
You also should schedule routine visits with us. During your visits, we’ll conduct a thorough examination to check for any signs of periodontal problems. If we see anything, we’ll be sure to let you know so we can make a plan for fixing it before it gets out of hand.
We’ll also give you a thorough cleaning to remove plaque and tartar, which you may have missed during your daily oral hygiene routine.
When we work together, it makes a huge difference in your oral health today, tomorrow, and years to come.
If you are worried that you may have gum disease, don’t delay. Contact us today to make your appointment. If you want to prevent gum disease, contact us now to schedule a professional cleaning in the near future.