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Do I Have Gum Disease?

Are you noticing changes in your mouth like red swollen gums or some bleeding after you brush your teeth?  Don’t ignore what could be signs of gum disease.  In its early stage, it’s known as gingivitis and only affects your gums.   If left untreated, the infection can migrate beneath your gum line and into your bone which becomes a more severe form called periodontitis.

Symptoms

Receding gums:  The disintegration or pulling away of your gums from your teeth precipitated by the breakdown of bone.  Receding gums may cause your teeth to appear longer.

Shifting Teeth: The bones holding your teeth in place may be under attack by gum disease, or likely periodontitis causing loosening.

Sensitivity: When your gums recede, the dentin or sensitive part of your teeth may become exposed leaving it vulnerable to cold air or water.

Bad Breath:  The bacteria in your mouth feast on the plaque, and release toxins: the more plaque, the more feasting which causes a repelling odor. 

Treatment

Examination:  Your dentist will take a careful look at what is affected and determine how best to control the infection.

Deep Cleaning:  This method goes beneath the gum line where regular cleaning is customarily above the gum line.

Scaling:  Your dentist may use a specialized instrument to scrape tartar from above and below the gum line.

Root Planing: Coarse surfaces at your root are smoothed to encourage your gums to reattach to your teeth after this procedure.

In addition to deep cleaning, your dentist may suggest an antimicrobial mouthwash or prescribe a topical gel or antibiotic for more advanced cases.  For more profound instances, surgery is an option.

Gum disease will not disappear on its own.  If you have specific concerns, make an appointment for a dental examination to stay ahead of further implications.  Contact us to schedule an appointment today!

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