Gum disease is a serious condition that can affect your general wellbeing and destroy your oral health. Millions of people develop gum (periodontal) disease each year; in fact, estimates show that about four out of every five adults develop this condition. Since periodontal disease afflicts so many people, Artistic Smiles offers periodontal therapy to help manage the disease and prevent its progression. During checkups and cleanings, Dr. Gonzalez and our team look for signs of irritated and inflamed gums. If our team detects gum disease, we will determine its stage and develop a course of treatment.
The Onset and Progression of Periodontal Disease
When gum disease begins to develop, it is rarely noticeable to a patient. Many cases of early stage periodontal disease are asymptomatic. In simple terms, periodontal disease is the widespread infection and irritation of gingival tissue. In the beginning, gum disease is curable if detected and addressed early on with adequate oral hygiene and professional treatment. Advanced gum disease, however, requires frequent monitoring and treatment to manage the disease’s destructive nature. When periodontal disease is advanced, patients experience bone deterioration, recession of the gums, and tooth loss. Additionally, the widespread infection in the mouth can spread throughout the body through the blood stream.
Common indicators of periodontal disease include gum recession, red and swollen gum tissue, persistent bad breath, and loosening of the teeth.
Treating Gum Disease
Treatment protocols for gum disease depend on the severity of the condition. Early stage gum disease is often addressed with improved oral hygiene and regularly scheduled prophylaxis (dental cleanings). More thorough cleanings called root planing and scaling may be administered to remove the accumulation of tartar below the gum line and along the roots of teeth. This minimally invasive treatment can help prevent the progression of periodontal disease and give gingival tissue a chance to heal and reattach to the teeth. Those receiving root scaling and planing treatments will likely visit our practice on an incremental basis to improve the efficacy of treatment. Those with more advanced cases of gum disease may require minor oral surgery, gum grafting procedures, and antibiotic medications and mouth rinses. For complex and severe instances of periodontal disease, Dr. Gonzalez might refer patients to a specialist.
To schedule a cleaning or checkup at our Nassau Bay dental practice, call (281) 316-8900.
Periodontal disease involves the irritation, inflammation, and infection of gingival tissue. When left untreated, periodontal disease can advance to an incurable stage that erodes and destroys oral tissue. In fact, periodontal (gum) disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adulthood.
There are different stages and types of periodontal disease. For instance, early stage periodontal disease is often mitigated by improved oral hygiene and specialized prophylaxis. Those with more advanced cases of gum disease may require surgery, medication, and tissue grafts. The objective for those who have advanced gum disease is to control their condition so that it doesn’t destroy a person’s oral health.
Preventing periodontal disease begins by taking your oral health seriously. Do not neglect your teeth and gums by forgetting to brush and floss. Brushing and flossing is your first line of defense against this destructive, common condition. You should also receive regular checkups so that we can catch periodontal disease in its earliest stages along with preventing tartar buildup with twice-a-year cleanings.
Inadequate or improper oral hygiene is one of the leading causes of gum disease. When we neglect our oral hygiene, substances like tartar develop. Tartar is the calcified form of plaque and once it forms, it cannot be removed with basic brushing and flossing. Tartar must be removed with dental instruments. Tartar is full of bacteria and when it builds up on the gum line, it inflames the gingiva. This inflammation leads to the gingiva becoming infected when exposed to oral debris and bacteria. Other factors contribute to gum disease as well, including hormonal fluctuations, smoking and genetics.
Gingivitis is a treatable, milder form of gum disease. When detected early on and addressed appropriately, gingivitis is reversible and curable. Most of the time, improved oral hygiene and specialized cleanings called “scaling and root planing” is enough to stop the condition from advancing.