Gum disease affects the gum tissue around your teeth. Advanced gum disease is one of the leading reasons why adults lose their teeth, which is why it’s important to treat the disease in its earliest stages. Our goal is to help patients with gum disease get prompt treatment and prevent unnecessary tooth loss.
Signs of Gum Disease
Patients, dental hygienists and our dentist work together to identify the signs of gum disease. Early symptoms of gum disease include swollen, red or tender gums that bleed easily during flossing. As the disease progresses, the gums may pull away from the teeth, exposing more of the tooth’s root. This causes an increase in sensitivity. Bad breath and loose or shifting teeth are signs of advanced gum disease.
Treatment Options for Gum Disease
Mild to moderate gum disease can be treated with minimally invasive procedures such as scaling, root planing and antibiotics. When gum disease advances, surgical treatment might be necessary. Tissue grafting and guided tissue regeneration are some options for treating advanced gum disease.
Preventing Gum Disease
It is easier to prevent yourself from getting gum disease than it is to treat it. Brushing after each meal and before bedtime with a fluoride toothpaste helps to protect your teeth. Daily flossing helps to remove food particles so that bacteria cannot break them down and cause inflammation. Regular visits to the dentist for oral cleanings and exams can also help to keep your teeth and gum tissue healthy. If you are at risk of gum disease, you may need to come in as frequently as every three months to get your teeth cleaned.
Call Dr. Burke Jardine at Excel Dental to schedule your appointment for diagnosis and treatment.