Gum disease, or periodontitis, is a common but preventable issue that can cause serious health ramifications. Gum disease often develops without any obvious symptoms, but can be prevented, managed and treated with proper care and regular checkups and professional cleaning.
Regular gum health checks are essential to maintaining good dental health so that any issues are identified and tackled early. At Bite Dental, we take the time to do a full gum measurement and check at every dental examination. We also provide you with the information you need to ensure you keep up your dental and gum hygiene and maintenance practices.
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The treatment for gum disease depends on the severity of the condition. In the early stages of gum disease, also known as gingivitis, a professional cleaning, good oral hygiene practices, and lifestyle changes may be enough to reverse the condition. In more advanced cases, scaling and root planing may be necessary to remove plaque and tartar buildup below the gumline, and antibiotics or other medications may be prescribed to control infection and inflammation. In the most severe cases, surgical procedures such as gum grafting or flap surgery may be necessary to regenerate lost tissue and improve gum health. It is important to address gum disease early to prevent further damage and potential tooth loss.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is caused by the buildup of plaque on teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth and can harden into tartar if not removed through regular brushing and flossing or professional dental cleanings. The bacteria in plaque and tartar can irritate the gums, causing inflammation and leading to gum disease. Other risk factors for gum disease include smoking, hormonal changes, certain medications, and genetic predisposition.
Preventing gum disease involves good oral hygiene practices such as brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily, using mouthwash, and visiting your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. Eating a balanced diet, reducing stress, and avoiding tobacco products can also help prevent gum disease. If you already have gum disease, your dentist may recommend professional cleaning, medication, or surgery, depending on the severity of your condition.
Treating the underlying gum disease is the primary step in fixing loose teeth. This typically involves a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing, which removes plaque and tartar from the tooth roots and smooths the root surfaces to help the gums reattach to the teeth. In some cases, surgical procedures may be necessary to repair damaged gum tissue or bone. It’s important to practice good oral hygiene and attend regular dental checkups and cleanings to prevent the progression of gum disease and tooth loss.
Signs of gum disease include bleeding gums when brushing or flossing, swollen or tender gums, receding gums, bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth, loose teeth, and a change in the way teeth fit together when biting.
Preventing gum disease involves good oral hygiene practices such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and using an antiseptic mouthwash. A healthy diet, avoiding tobacco products, and regular dental check-ups and cleanings can also help prevent gum disease. It’s also important to address any underlying health conditions that may contribute to gum disease, such as diabetes.
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