Gum disease occurs when plaque and tartar build up on teeth and provide conditions for bad bacteria to infect your mouth. Gum disease is a serious oral health issue, because if it is left untreated, it can lead to loss of gum tissue, mouth infections, and even tooth loss. Because the health of your mouth is linked to your overall health, early detection and treatment of gum disease is pivotal.
Signs of Gum Disease
Individuals who smoke, those who have diabetes, or those who have a genetic predisposition are all at risk for developing gum disease. Possible signs of gum disease may include:
- Bleeding when brushing, flossing, or eating
- Halitosis or bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Painful eating or chewing
- Receding gums
- Red and inflamed or swollen gums
Because gum disease is relatively painless, patients may not even realize that there is a serious dental problem unless they visit a dentist.
Treatment Options for Gum Disease
Gum disease is treatable. The first step involves removing the buildup of plaque and tartar through an oral deep cleaning called scaling and root planning . More serious cases of gum disease may require advanced treatments such as laser gum surgery or LANAP®, which removes plaque buildup and diseased tissue beneath the gum line. LANAP® is an advanced laser technology gum diseasetreatment, which is less invasive and virtually pain-free as opposed the typical scalpel and suture method which requires a longer recovery time and more pain medication.
Gum disease patients should also consider incorporating better oral care routines, such as brushing and flossing regularly and quitting smoking, in order to better improve the overall health of their mouth.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in learning more about how to prevent and treat gum disease, contact our office in Clearwater, FL today. One of our doctors can meet with you and discuss your options for gum treatment.