Gum disease is a widespread affliction that affects many, many Americans. Oftentimes, it goes undiagnosed and causes issues such as tooth loss and bone deterioration. It also has been linked to other systemic issues, such as heart disease. Below you will find some information on gum disease, what to look for, how it can be prevented, and how we can help you get treated.
Signs Of Gum Disease
Gum disease is a condition when your gums become inflamed due to the buildup of bacteria in your mouth. While it often does not exhibit any signs at all, it can produce the following symptoms:
Red or swollen gums
Chronic bad breath
Gums pulling away from the teeth
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you need to be treated for gum disease. To avoid serious dental health issues, you should take measures to treat it right away. Gum disease IS a preventable disease. There are plenty of ways to prevent the problem:
Pay attention to proper home hygiene (brush twice a day, floss once).
Get regular professional cleanings (every six months).
Avoid sugary and acidic snacks and beverages.
Prevention is the number one way to keep your mouth healthy. To avoid dental problems that can cost considerable amounts of money, time, and energy, please follow all of your dentist’s suggestions on preventive care.
Scaling And Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning procedure that is used to remove bacteria and other buildup from around the teeth and underneath the gums. When gum disease takes hold, it creates a pocket around your teeth that can harbor bacteria. These pockets need to be cleaned out before healing can begin. If a routine cleaning procedure isn’t enough to tackle your gum disease, we can deep clean your teeth and gums to get you on the right track.
Arestin Antibiotic Injections
Arestin is a type of antibiotic that is inserted into the periodontal pocket to disinfect the site. The antibiotic stays there for about six weeks and keeps disease-causing bacteria from repopulating the pocket. We often use this treatment method in conjunction with other methods of treatment for an added disease-fighting boost. After periodontal pockets are cleaned, the gum can be reattached to the tooth in order to heal.
PerioLase Laser Therapy
Our office employs PerioLase laser therapy as an alternative to traditional surgical gum disease treatment. Traditional surgical procedures often entail substantial bleeding, sutures, pain, and long recovery times. With PerioLase, the procedure offers minimal bleeding, no stitches, minimal discomfort, and a healing period that lasts only about a day. Patients love our laser therapy because it gets the job done without the hassle and discomfort of surgery. We work hard to make sure our patients are comfortable throughout their visit to our office.
If you are experiencing any of the signs of gum or periodontal disease, please contact our office for an evaluation. We can help treat your gum disease comfortably and effectively. You can reach us at 209-369-0294 or via our online form. Let us help restore your oral health.