How is gum disease treated?
Periodontal (gum) disease affects almost half of American adults in some form. Dentists describe it as an infection of the foundation and support system for your teeth, which is your gums and jawbone. It occurs when excessive plaque buildup separates the gums from the teeth and allows bacteria below the gum line that begins to infect and irritate your soft tissues and bone.
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, and it can be tricky to detect on your own because it progresses slowly at first and causes little discomfort in the beginning. Signs of gingivitis to be aware of are:
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss your teeth
- Chronic bad breath that doesn't go away
- Gums that appear irritated and swollen
The good news is that gingivitis can often be managed successfully with improvements to your home care routine and a thorough professional cleaning.
Periodontitis is the second and more advanced stage of gum disease in which you will probably notice gum recession, pain or tenderness when biting or chewing, and tooth mobility. This stage of gums disease requires a thorough cleaning that gets below the gumline to remove the plaque, tartar, and bacteria that is causing your infection. Antibiotic therapy may be recommended, and periodontitis may also require surgery to control it successfully.
Your best defense against gum disease in Southpark, NC is your consistent checkups with Dr. Gentry. Give us a call today if it is time to schedule yours.
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