Gum disease can be quite serious; it’s nothing to take lightly and brush off as basic. If a patient is suffering from gum disease, it must be treated immediately, as time is of the essence. Further infection from bacteria that has made its way beneath the surface can cause long-lasting issues, and the situation can spread severely throughout the body. Periodontal (gum) therapy is the key to proactive prevention and eventual elimination of the common causes of gum disease. 

The Advanced Dentistry team highly encourages our patients to come in for twice-yearly complete cleanings and thorough exams. The core of this process includes caring for the gums with periodontal therapy. We use scaling and root planing techniques when there are indications of the start of gum disease. Without swift and proper care and treatment, gum disease is only going to get worse, therefore it is essential to clean and protect these areas with precision. We make use of the latest tools and modern techniques that will give the patient the peace of mind that their gums are looking good and remain healthy.

More must-read information about gum disease and its signs/symptoms are below. Understand how we treat it with periodontal therapy, who’s at a greater risk of developing gum disease, and what you can expect during the periodontal therapy process here at Advanced Dentistry. Your gums are sensitive, but can be strong when they are given healthy attention. 

How Does Gum Disease Start? 

Plaque and tartar can form on the surface of the teeth leading to unwanted bacteria. This bacteria makes its way towards the gums, causing symptoms such as swelling, soreness, tenderness, puffiness, overall irritation, and even bleeding.

How Can It Be Prevented?

To prevent the start of gum disease, we clean the teeth during your dental exam, which includes scaling of the teeth to get rid of that plaque and tartar. By doing so, the bacteria doesn’t have a chance to make its way to the gums. However, if the gums are already showing signs that bacteria has progressed towards and beneath the gum line, we use a technique called root planing, clearing out the areas where the bacteria has congested in the pockets and smoothing over the roots. 

Can Gum Disease Be Dangerous?

Without cleaning the teeth and gums, periodontal disease is something that can develop, full of infection that can lead to tissue and bone damage, tooth loss, or worse. This type of infection is liable to linger and spread further, beyond the mouth and throughout the body. Conditions including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, complications with pregnancy, and more have been attributed to gum disease as the catalyst. 

 Am I At Risk For Gum Disease?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 47% of adults 30 and older have some level of gum disease. We’re all essentially at risk, but there are specific factors including: 

  • Tobacco or alcohol use
  • Family history 
  • Pregnancy
  • Systematic bodily disease
  • Certain medications 
  • Diabetes
  • Blood cell disorders
  • HIV/AIDS

What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of Gum Disease I Should Look Out For?

  • Change in bite 
  • Dental work no longer fits well
  • Loose teeth or tooth loss
  • Teeth separating 
  • Swollen gums
  • Bleeding during brushing and flossing
  • Receding gums 
  • Bad taste in the mouth/bad breath
  • Sores that don’t heal or take long to heal