Gum Disease

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Gum disease is one of the most common dental issues for adults and children. While we often focus on the importance of taking care of our teeth, it is just as important to pay attention to our gums. Issues with gum health can lead to tooth loss as well as a host of other dental issues. Periodontitis also called gum disease, can have some serious effects on your oral health.

Gum Disease Q & A

What is gum disease?

There are many types of gum disease. Gum disease as a category usually refers to damage to the soft tissue around the gums that can eventually lead to tooth loss and damage to the jaw bone. Gum disease is also linked to other health concerns including heart and lung diseases. Some common symptoms of gum disease are receding gums, swollen gums, or gums that red, tender, or frequently bleed. Gum disease can be prevented by following good oral health practices like brushing your teeth, flossing your teeth, and of course, seeing a dentist for preventative care and exams.

What are the treatments for gum disease?

Like all dental issues, the best solutions are preventative. Your general exams and cleanings at your dental office can help prevent damage to your gums and eventual infection. At-home brushing and flossing daily is the best way to remove the bacteria that leads to gum disease. Many times, if gum disease issues are caught early, your dentist will simply have recommendations for you to take care of your gums and teeth. However, there are situations where gum disease needs to be treated by a dentist who provides periodontal treatments. Almost every dentist provides professional dental cleanings during your regular visits. But if that is not sufficient they may recommend a deep cleaning where plaque and tartar are removed above and below your gumline. Your dentist may also recommend medications to help cure the infection. In some cases, surgery may be necessary. Surgical treatments include bone grafts to strengthen the jawbone that was damaged by the gum disease as well as soft tissue grafts to fill in the areas where your gums have receded.
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