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Gum Disease Treatment
Gum Disease Treatment
Do you have bad breath that just won’t go away? What about the way your teeth are sensitive to hot and cold? Do you think that it’s normal for your gums to bleed when you brush your teeth? All of these problems are actually signs of a surprisingly common dental problem: gum disease. Research shows that gum disease affects nearly 1 in 2 people, with almost half the adult population of the U.S. suffering from some stage of gum disease. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should visit Rush Creek Dentistry in Arlington and have our periodontist assess your smile for signs of gum disease and find an appropriate treatment.
There are different stages of gum disease, and if it is caught early enough, gum disease can be controlled and your teeth may be saved.
- Early stages (Gingivitis) – Your gums may simply be inflamed and bleed because of irritation caused by plaque (accumulated bacteria and food particles). When gum disease is caught in this stage, it can usually be treated or even reversed with a simple dental cleaning and improving dental care habits at home. Sometimes a deep cleaning called scaling and root planing may be needed to clean plaque out from beneath the gums and to smooth the surfaces of teeth so that plaque can’t accumulate as easily.
- Moderate stages (Periodontitis) – When gum disease becomes more severe, it may begin to damage the bones that support your teeth as your gums become infected and they pull away from your teeth. Scaling and planing may also help at this stage, but more often, this treatment will need to be combined with pocket reduction surgery that will make the gums fit tighter around the teeth. Antibacterial treatment may be needed to stop the disease from progressing at this stage as well.
- Severe stages (Advanced Periodontitis) – The structures that support your teeth may be so damaged that your teeth can become loose and fall out. At this stage, serious treatments such as bone or tissue grafts may be needed to replace damaged structures. Other surgical methods can help, but if these methods fail, the teeth will need to be removed and replaced.
Ignoring gum disease and delaying treatment could cost you your smile. Call our office today to make an appointment with the periodontist.
Prevent Gum Disease
Healthy gums are a necessity for healthy teeth. Our gums provide critical protection for the connective tissue that secures the base of teeth to the bone.
The two stages of gum disease, gingivitis and periodontitis, are serious health conditions that can lead to tooth loss and other medical complications.
Gingivitis is the more common and less severe form, accounting for roughly 70 percent of all patients suffering from gum disease. Gingivitis is caused by bacteria, which will grow in pockets along the gums, creating inflammation. If the inflammation spreads to the bone or connective tissue, periodontitis has occurred.
Periodontitis causes tooth loss, gum discomfort and pain, noticeable inflammation along the gum line, receding gum tissue, and increased sensitivity to heat or cold. Gum disease reportedly causes more bone loss than osteoporosis.
Periodontitis is controllable, but not curable. That's why the team of professionals at Rush Creek Dentistry in Arlington, TX is committed to helping our patients prevent gum disease through optimal oral health habits. They include:
- Visit your dentist regularly. Developing a trusting, familiar relationship with your dentist may be one of the most significant steps that you can take in the prevention of gum disease and other oral health concerns. Our family-friendly doctors and clinicians get to know our patients and monitor changes that may occur from visit to visit. Annual or twice per year visits will likely detect any erosion of the gums.
- Proper brushing – Brush your teeth twice daily, for at least two minutes. Address each tooth individually, using a gentle, circular motion with a toothbrush recommended by your dentist.
- Flossing – using an up and down action, floss between teeth to remove food particles.
- Tobacco use – smoking and tobacco use is a significant factor in the development of gum disease. If you smoke or use chewing tobacco, quit.
- Mouthwashes with antibacterial ingredients provide additional protection from plaque as well as freshen breath.
At Rush Creek Dentistry, we care about the overall health and wellbeing of our patients and neighbors in Arlington, TX. For more information about how you can achieve your optimal oral health, call us today at (682) 323-3299 . We are located at 6401 S. Cooper Street, in Arlington.