Defeat Gum Disease in 2020
Your gums may play second fiddle to your pearly white when you smile, but they are every bit as important. They are what keep your teeth anchored in your mouth. And research has shown that the health of your gums may affect your overall health.
At Parkway Dental of Snellville, GA, we are committed to helping you keep your entire mouth in the best possible condition. At every checkup, we will carefully examine your gums for signs of disease and, if necessary, implement a treatment program to bring them back to health. If you’ve been having gum problems or are due for a routine cleaning and exam, fill out our online form or call [phone].
What Is Gum Disease?
Healthy gums should be firm, a nice pink color, and taut against the base of your teeth. They should not hurt or bleed when you brush or floss. If they do, you may have gum disease, also called periodontal disease. Gum disease is an infection caused by harmful bacteria — which is just one reason a good oral hygiene routine is important to keep your mouth clean. Early-stage gum disease is called gingivitis, and may not come with any symptoms at all. If your gingivitis is left untreated, it will invariably progress into later-stage disease, called periodontitis. Periodontal disease symptoms include:
- Red, swollen, and/or tender gums
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
- Pain while chewing
- Bad breath that won’t go away
- Gums that recede from the teeth — or teeth that appear longer than before
- “Pockets” or gaps forming between the teeth and gumline
- Loose or falling-out teeth
How Can I Prevent Gum Disease
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) a shocking 50% of Americans over the age of 30 have or have had some form of periodontal disease. Here are a few tips to help you avoid being part of that statistic.
- Practice good oral hygiene at home. That means brushing twice per day for two minutes using fluoride toothpaste, flossing every day, and rinsing with fluoride mouthwash.
- Visit the dentist every six months for a professional cleaning and exam. We will remove stubborn tartar that you can’t reach at home, and spot early signs of periodontal disease well before you notice symptoms.
- Don’t smoke or use smokeless tobacco. Smokers are much more likely to have periodontal disease than non-smokers, and their cases tend to be more difficult to treat. Gum disease is an infection, and smokers are more prone to infections due to their diminished immune systems.
Can Periodontal Disease Be Reversed?
One reason it’s so important to come for regular dental checkups is that we can catch your periodontal disease in its earliest stages, when it’s easiest to treat. In fact, many cases of gingivitis don’t require any special treatment at all, but can be completely reversed through good oral hygiene at home and regular dental cleanings.
For more advanced cases, we have a number of professional treatments to bring your gums back to health: a deep-cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing, antibiotics, and non-surgical laser treatments.
To schedule an appointment at Parkway Dental, call our Snellville, GA office at TK or fill out our online form.