Treatment for Gum Disease
Many adults are affected by gum disease, or periodontal disease, as it is one of the most common issues treated regarding dental health. Since gum disease is nearly undetectable in the very early stages, comprehensive dental exams are imperative in diagnosing it before it progresses. The two main types of gum disease are gingivitis and periodontitis. The early stages present itself as gingivitis and when left untreated can develop into periodontitis.
Early detection with general dentistry is crucial in treating gingivitis and reversing any effects. Professional cleanings and a treatment plan can help cure gum disease, while a regular, consistent oral routine at home can ensure the disease does not return. However, if not detected early, gum disease can progress rapidly. Patients may not be aware they have it until symptoms start physically revealing themselves.
Symptoms and Causes of Periodontal Disease
In the early stages of gum disease, gingivitis symptoms include bleeding of the gums during brushing or flossing. Redness and inflammation of the gums start to appear and bad breath becomes common. As gum disease progresses, the symptoms become more pronounced with the gums receding from the teeth. As a result, sections of tooth are exposed that can store food or bacteria, leading to infection.
If left to progress, gum disease can result in the loss of the tooth entirely. Abscesses form and infections worsen, causing the gums to become weaker and unable to support the teeth. Pain and swelling become more common and discomfort prevalent. A regular brushing and flossing routine combined with professional cleanings and comprehensive dental exams are imperative in preventing or treating gum disease.
If you are experiencing any of these problems, do not hesitate to contact our office today to schedule an appointment.