If you brush your teeth and notice more tenderness than usual or blood, now might be a good time to come in and get a checkup and cleaning. While you might simply need a new toothbrush, a majority of adults develop some form of gum disease at some point in their lives.
Plaque is bacteria that forms on the teeth as a filmy residue. The leading cause of gum disease is tartar, which is the hardening of plaque in the mouth. Gum disease is treated by periodontal therapy, medications and surgery. Periodontal therapy is a general dentistry treatment that includes scaling and root planing, a deep cleaning in which the plaque is scraped away from the teeth and gently removed from beneath the gum line. Surgery may be performed to remove the infected tissues and nerves.
Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease
Symptoms of gum disease are inflammation of the gums, bleeding, swelling, tenderness and halitosis. This early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis and often can be healed by brushing, flossing, and a quick trip to our dental hygienist for a cleaning and checkup. An x-ray and dental exam will reveal if your gum disease has progressed to periodontitis.
Symptoms of periodontitis are receding gum lines and loss of bone supporting the teeth. Periodontitis is when bacterial toxins and the body’s immune system fight and break down the tissue and bone. What eventually happens, if left untreated, is your teeth loosen and might have to be removed. As gum disease is progressive, the infection can spread from your mouth throughout your body. Stopping the infection early is important for your overall health.
Don’t let gum disease cause you pain, discomfort or ill health. South Blvd Dentistry has convenient appointment scheduling, including Saturday availability. Contact us today to schedule a dental checkup and cleaning.