Gum Disease and Prevention

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What is the importance of a good dental cleaning? One of the most important things we do to help patients keep gum disease at bay is removing the hardened plaque (the tartar, or calculus) that builds up in between visits. Even if you do your part by brushing and flossing daily, it is inevitable that some plaque will build up and require removal.

What happens if you don’t have tartar removed? Over time, the gums can become infected if the sticky plaque is allowed to collect on teeth and gums. The plaque makes acids and toxins which irritate gums. Left untreated, the gums can begin to pull away from the teeth. When this happens, pockets develop between the gums and teeth. These pockets allow germs to be trapped in them and this causes the bone around the teeth to weaken. If this goes on without treatment, the ultimate outcome can be tooth loss.

What can you look for if you suspect gum disease? The best way to prevent tooth loss is with early invention. Gingivitis, the earlier form of gum disease, can be treated easily. If you have periodontitis, surgery might be required.

Following are symptoms you should never ignore:

–Gums that are swollen, tender, and bright red
–Gums which are loose or separating from your teeth
–Mouth sores or pus between your teeth and gums
–Bad breath that won’t go away and a bad taste in your mouth

Our office is pleased to offer root planing and scaling (non-surgical periodontal therapy) that deeply cleans your teeth. We also clean the pockets between your gums and your teeth, as well as the bone supporting the teeth. All of this is done under a local anesthetic so you won’t feel a thing!

Keep up your diligent brushing and flossing habits, use a fluoride toothpaste and an antibacterial mouthwash rinse, and keep your scheduled cleanings. Remember, we are here to help your smile stay bright and healthy. Please let us know how we can assist you today! 209-667-7889.