Finding out that you have gum disease can be a little scary if you don't know what that means and what to expect moving forward. At Rush Creek Dentistry, we understand how important your teeth and gums are to your quality of life, which is why we want to make sure you have all the information you need to keep your mouth healthy.
Gingivitis — The term gingivitis simply means "inflammation of the gums". When your gums are red, swollen, or irritated, it can result in significant inflammation that is sometimes painful. Gingivitis can also be a precursor to periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease — Periodontal disease is a serious medical condition that can wreak havoc on your ability to eat and talk normally, and affects both the hard and soft structures around the teeth. When the disease begins to develop around your teeth, they can become loose, unstable, and even fall out. The disease is also associated with serious health problems related to the heart and lungs.
Common Warning Signs of Gum Disease
If you think you may have gum disease, there are some warning signs you should watch for. Once it starts, gum disease will only progress without proper treatment, which is why it's important to seek treatment as quickly as possible if any of the following applies to you:
- Your gums bleed while brushing or flossing
- You have persistent bad breath
- Your mouth hurts when you chew
- You have noticed spaces developing between your teeth
- Your teeth feel loose
- Your gums are swollen, red, or tender to the touch
Gum Disease Treatment and Prevention
In addition to maintaining proper oral hygiene by brushing and flossing at home, getting routine cleanings and checkups with your dentist is an essential component to maintaining a healthy mouth. Regular checkups enable your dentist to detect early warning signs of gum disease before it becomes more serious and leads to the loss of one or more of your teeth. If your dentist determines that you have periodontal disease, you can get the treatment you need right away. Treatment options range from nonsurgical scaling and root planning procedures to surgical options designed to restore the structures of your mouth for optimal health.
Learn More About Gum Disease
At Rush Creek Dentistry, our goal is to help you maintain excellent oral health. For more information about gum disease treatment and prevention or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.