Last week we wrote about gingivitis and how it is caused. This week we want to cover prevention and treatment of gum disease. If you notice possible signs of gingivitis, the first step is to contact your All Smiles dentist for an appointment. But, there are a few things you can do to prevent gum disease and steps to take on your own, with help from your dentist.
Treatment of Gum Disease
All Smiles Family Dental Care takes gum disease seriously. If we spot signs of gum disease during your visit, we will take care of the problem at the root: plaque. We make sure to clean around all affected areas, including down to the pockets of the teeth. This deep-cleaning process is called scaling. Sometimes fillings or loose crowns cause the problem. We may take X-rays to check for bone loss or other severities. Keep in mind, the early stage of gum disease (gingivitis) is completely reversible and usually can be eliminated by a visit to our office. Of course, this includes doing your part by brushing and flossing regularly.
Gum disease isn’t something to put on the back burner. If you don’t treat the disease, it can turn into something much worse. Infection can spread deeper into the tissues that support the tooth and cause an array of health issues. The stage were the gums begin to pull away from the teeth is called periodontis.
Tips to Manage Gum Disease
To avoid the treatment and worry of gum disease, we want to help you prevent the problem. To keep gum disease off your mind and out of your mouth, you should always:
· Brush with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day.
· Floss or clean between teeth with another tool (water picks work great)!
· Use mouthwash everyday.
· And of course, see us at All Smiles twice a year.
Remember you can have gum disease without any warning signs. That is one reason why regular dental examinations are key to a healthy smile. You don’t have to lose teeth or money to gum disease. Always brush your teeth twice a day, clean between your teeth daily, eat well, and schedule dental visits.