Gum disease often occurs when gum tissue becomes infected. Gum disease is not only bad for your oral health, but it also causes problems in the rest of your body. Gum disease has been associated with tooth loss, diabetes, strokes and even heart disease. If you believe you might have gum disease, it is best to take care of it immediately before it becomes more severe and threatens your health.
Sometimes patients are unaware that they have gum disease because they miss the signs and symptoms. Other times, the signs and symptoms are noticeable and alarm patients.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
These are common signs and symptoms of gum disease. If you have any of these symptoms, we recommend coming into our offices for a dental cleaning and review of your oral health.
- Red, Puffy, Swollen Gums
- Bleeding Gums
- Receding Gums
- Newly Separated Teeth
- Bad Breath or Bad Taste in Mouth
- Open Mouth Sores
- White Spots on Your Gums
How do you treat gum disease?
The treatment for gum disease varies by patient and depends on the severity. We like to start with a deep cleaning process that helps remove existing plaque and tartar on the teeth. Following the deep cleaning, we will examine your mouth, gums and teeth to determine the extent of the problem.
In less extreme cases, we won’t need to do anything after the deep cleaning but ensure that the teeth remain clean and perhaps prescribe an antibiotic to kill harmful bacteria in the gums. The deep cleaning process gives the gum incentive to reattach to the teeth, but it does not always work for more extreme cases. For more extreme cases, we will need to perform gum surgery. This is typically necessary for cases where the gum has completely separated from the teeth.
If you require gum surgery, we will walk you through each step of the process to ensure that you feel comfortable and understand what we are doing and why. We will never pressure you, but we will always look out for you. We want the best for our patients and their oral health.
Remember, gum disease is typically painless and you may be unaware that you have gum disease. This is one of the many reasons why it is recommended to visit your dentist twice a year for routine dental cleanings. During your routine dental cleanings, we will look for signs of gum disease and help you stay proactive when it comes to your dental health. We will also help you learn about how you can prevent gum disease and stay in good dental health.
For more information about our dental services including gum disease prevention and treatments, please contact us at 303-569-4293. At Family 1st Dental office, we love helping our patients take care of their gums, teeth and overall mouth health.