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Red, swollen and bleeding gums are signs of gum disease. If it has been quite a while since you’ve had a dental check up and clean, maybe you are suffering from gingival or periodontal problems, or gum disease.
We Offer Various Treatments to Help You Fight Gum Disease.
Bacteria constantly form a sticky film on your teeth called plaque. Plaque that is not cleared away will harden into tartar, a substance that can only be removed by a dental professional through scale and clean. Gum disease happens when plaque and tartar accumulate below the gum line and damage the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth.
Early gum disease is known as gingivitis. Without management, it can progress to periodontitis, the more serious form of gum disease. As the disease progresses, the supporting bone around the teeth begins to deteriorate, eventually leading to tooth loss.
Regardless of which stage of gum disease you are in, AP Dental is here to help. The team of highly trained dentists at our practice offers everything from scale and clean to deep cleanings and antibiotic therapy. We also offer periodontal surgery for patients who require more extensive treatment. Our priority is your oral health, and we will work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your needs.
Common Causes of Gum Disease
- Many factors can contribute to gum disease, but two of the most common are plaque and tartar build-up. The plaque on your teeth is a sticky film of bacteria. If plaque isn’t removed, it hardens into tartar. A build-up of plaque and tartar irritates the gums, making them bleed, swell, red, and inflamed. Poor oral hygiene is also a major factor, as it can allow plaque and tartar to build up on teeth and gums.
Dental Services that Can Address Gum Disease
Scale and Clean
A scale and clean involves special instruments to remove plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth. It helps prevent the accumulation of bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease.
Gum Disease Treatment
There are many different gum disease treatments available depending on the severity of the infection. In mild cases, a deep cleaning may be all that is necessary to remove the bacteria and allow the gums to heal, while more severe infections may require antibiotic therapy or even periodontal surgery.
When it comes to gum disease, tooth extraction is usually the last resort. However, it is important to note that the extraction of teeth alone is not enough; treatment for gum disease must be done in addition to the extraction to achieve full rehabilitation.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Dentists recommend wisdom teeth removal if they only partially emerge. This is because wisdom teeth can create a passageway for bacteria to enter and cause gum disease when they don't fully erupt.
Frequently Asked Questions about Gum Disease
What are the signs and symptoms of gum disease?
- Bleeding gums
- Gums that are tender, red, swollen, or puffy
- A painful chewing sensation
- Loose teeth
- Tooth sensitivity
- A pus-filled pocket between teeth and gums
- Bad breath
- Unpleasant taste in the mouth
- Receding gums
- Your teeth are developing new spaces between them
- There is a difference in how your teeth fit together when you bite
Is having gum disease life-threatening?
Gum disease may not be life-threatening, but it is a cause for concern. Gum disease has been linked to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and other serious cardiovascular problems. While the exact connection is not yet known, it is clear that gum disease is a serious health issue. If you have periodontal disease, it is recommended that you seek treatment as soon as possible to help prevent these potential complications. Your dentist can provide the professional care you need to restore your oral health and reduce your risk of developing more serious health problems.
How do I care for my gums at home?
Caring for your gums at home is important for maintaining good oral health. Here are some tips to help keep your gums in optimal health:
- Brush your teeth at least twice daily. Use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Use therapeutic mouthwash to help reduce plaque and bacteria.
- Floss daily to remove plaque and food debris stuck in between your teeth.
- Your toothbrushes should be replaced every three to four months, or sooner if they become frayed.
- If you smoke, quitting is the most important thing you can do for your gum health.
- Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables is good for your overall health, including your gums.
What happens if I don't inform my dentist about gum disease?
You should inform your dentist immediately if you suspect you have gum disease. Treatment can help to reverse the damage and prevent further problems. Without treatment, the infection can travel below your gum line and into your bones. As gum disease progresses, it becomes periodontitis. Periodontitis can cause you to lose teeth, making eating difficult. The bacteria from periodontitis can also increase your risk of health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and stroke. If you suspect gum disease, don’t delay—see your dentist today.
How long will it take to manage my gum disease?
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