The gums are the supportive tissues at the base of our teeth. When they are healthy, the gums are pink. Infected gums may be red, swollen, bleeding, or sensitive. Gum disease starts out small and becomes more destructive as it spreads. Periodontal disease is a common cause of tooth loss in adults.
Periodontal disease does not appear or escalate overnight. The symptoms develop gradually. Gum disease is caused by plaque that continually builds up on the teeth. When plaque is not removed with good oral hygiene practices, bacteria spread into the gums. Left unchecked and unaddressed, this can lead to numerous dental and health issues including the loss of teeth.
There are three stages of gum disease, which range from mild to severe.
Although periodontal disease has serious consequences, it is preventable. Prevention is the preferred method of treatment. Practicing good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly maintains the health of your teeth and gums. Your dental team at Asheville Smile Center can educate you on proper home oral care to improve your overall wellness. Tips to protect the health of your gums may include:
Regular dental appointments are a crucial part of avoiding gum disease and keeping your mouth healthy. Unless otherwise directed by your dentist, routine visits are scheduled every six months. This ensures that if new issues arise, the problems can be handled quickly and effectively. If signs of gum disease develop, the condition can be treated before it escalates into a more serious problem.
If you do experience symptoms of gum disease, seek help from your dental professional right away. The earlier periodontal disease is addressed, the better the outlook. Early diagnosis and treatment are important to prevent the spread of the disease. The treatment depends upon the symptoms and stage of your condition. In its earliest stage, gum disease is reversible. The bone and connective tissues are intact and unaffected. It can often be treated with a thorough professional cleaning and improved oral hygiene habits. This removes plaque and prevents the spread of bacteria. In later stages, professional care can help keep the disease from progressing.
For patients with periodontal disease, Dr. Port offers scaling, root planing, and antibiotics. The professional deep cleaning removes the buildup of plaque, tartar, and bacteria. A hygienist cleans the teeth to remove tartar above and below the gumline. Removing the plaque that houses bacteria prevents the toxins from spreading. Irregularities in the tooth are also smoothed out so it is harder for plaque to deposit. When necessary, antibiotics are used to treat the gum infection.
Gum disease is preventable. Protect the health of your smile with help from the professional team at Asheville Smile Center. Whether you need general, cosmetic, or restorative care, contact our Arden, NC office to schedule an appointment. You belong here. Call (828) 585-4049.