Gums, which are also called the gingiva, are the soft, pink tissues that surround your teeth. Maintaining gum health is important to the health of your teeth as well as your overall oral health. Keeping up with dental hygiene at home and visiting the dentist every six months or more frequently can help you avoid serious gum problems such as gingivitis and periodontitis.
Brushing and Flossing
Brushing and flossing can help you protect your gums. If you do have early-stage gum disease, which is called gingivitis, brushing and flossing may even help turn it around.
You might not know that you have early-stage gum disease. When you brush and floss your teeth, check for symptoms such as redness, bleeding, and swelling. Bad breath is also a sign of gum disease.
Diagnosing Gum Disease
During checkups with your dentist, your soft mouth tissues will be examined for signs of swelling and bleeding. The dentist will check to see if your teeth have shifted position. X-rays are also used to detect bone loss and movement of your teeth.
Professional Gum Disease Treatments
The goal of treating gum disease is to maintain good gum health. Your dentist will begin with conservative, non-surgical treatments such as deep pocket cleaning around the roots of your teeth. You may also need to visit your dentist more frequently to get your teeth cleaned. If you have an infection, antibiotics can help to eliminate the bacteria that cause poor gum health. If your gum disease has advanced, your dentist might recommend surgical care such as bone or tissue grafting to replace lost gum tissue.
Contact the office of Burke Jardine, DMD today to schedule an oral exam and find out if you have signs of gum disease