Gum Disease At South Anchorage Dental Center
Gum diseases, also known as periodontal diseases, are a group of conditions that affect the gums and the surrounding structures that support the teeth. If left untreated, gum diseases can lead to serious oral health issues, including tooth loss.
Causes of Gum Diseases
The primary cause of gum disease is plaque buildup, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth. When plaque is not removed correctly through regular brushing and flossing, it can harden into tartar and irritate the gums. Other factors that can contribute to gum diseases include:
- Poor oral hygiene habits
- Smoking and tobacco use
- Hormonal changes (such as during pregnancy)
- Certain medications
Symptoms of Gum Diseases
Recognizing the early signs of gum disease is crucial for timely intervention. Common symptoms include:
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Bleeding gums, especially during brushing or flossing
- Receding gums make the teeth appear longer.
- Persistent bad breath
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Changes in the bite or the way the teeth fit together
- Pus between the teeth and gums
- Changes in the fit of dentures or other dental appliances
Treatment for Gum Diseases
The treatment for gum diseases depends on the severity of the condition. Early-stage gum diseases, known as gingivitis, can often be reversed with professional dental cleanings and improved oral hygiene practices at home. This includes regular brushing, flossing, and using an antiseptic mouthwash.
Additional treatments may be necessary in more advanced cases, such as periodontitis. These can include:
- Scaling and root planing: A deep cleaning procedure that removes tartar and smooths the tooth roots to promote gum reattachment.
- Antibiotics: Medications may be prescribed to control bacterial infections and reduce inflammation.
- Gum surgery: In severe cases, surgical interventions may be required to remove infected tissue, reshape the gums, or regenerate lost bone.
Prevention and Call to Action
Preventing gum diseases involves maintaining good oral hygiene and seeking regular dental care. Remember to:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss daily to remove plaque from between the teeth
- Visit your dentist for professional cleanings and check-ups at least twice a year.
Take Action Now and Prioritize Your Gum Health
Don't wait until it's too late. Schedule a consultation at South Anchorage Dental Centers to learn about preventing and treating gum disease. Our experienced team is committed to providing high-quality care and helping you achieve optimal oral health. Contact us now to prioritize your gum health and maintain a beautiful smile.