Periodontics for Gum Disease
When brushing and flossing, few people consciously think about their gums. What many don’t know is that keeping an eye on your gums can most easily let you know whether you are experiencing oral health problems, such as gum disease.
Gum disease, also known as gingivitis and periodontal disease, occurs when unhealthy plaque, made up of bacteria and food particles, builds up at the base of the teeth near and under the gums. The presence of plaque, and a harder substance called tartar, inflame and irritate the gums, and the acid that harmful bacteria releases can cause the gums to become swollen and painful. This condition can cause red, bleeding gums and eventually tooth loss if left untreated.
Signs and Symptoms Say Visit Your Dentist
Aside from neglecting to brush and floss often, there are some risks that can increase your chances of developing gum disease, some of which may also warn you of possible overall health problems that you may need to address. Some of these risks include:
- Pregnancy: Changes in the hormones of women while pregnant can increase gum sensitivity
- General Illness: Having any number of health issues can increase the risk of developing gum disease
- Diabetes: Diabetes can lead to gum disease if it is not controlled. Symptoms of gum disease may also be a sign of diabetes if you are unaware of the condition.
- Dental Hygiene: While neglecting to brush your teeth can certainly foster gum disease, brushing too aggressively can irritate the gums and allow infection to fester.
Misaligned teeth, dirty oral appliances, such as dentures, old dental crowns, and even some medications can increase the risk of developing gum disease as well.
When taking daily care of your teeth, it is important to keep an eye open for possible symptoms of gum disease; as periodontal disease has been linked to more severe health problems. Symptoms to look out for include mouth sores, swollen and bleeding gums, and tender gums.
Gum Treatment with Dr. Poole
At our dental office, we combat gum disease with scaling and root planning and by using a selection of oral care products from Omni pharmaceuticals to promote healing. Of course, our comfort measures, including local anesthesia and anti-anxiety medications, keep you relaxed during the entire procedure. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to ask any questions.