Hello again Eugene! Welcome back to the ongoing dental health blog of Eugene Family Dental. We hope you’re enjoying this winter weather, and that your holiday season has been filled with joy. But amidst all the joys of the holiday season, it can be easy to lose track of your health. Your diet may currently be filled with delicious – but not especially nutritious – holidays foods. Your sleep schedule by be disrupted by family get-togethers or holiday shopping.
Aside for your diet and sleep schedule, there’s another area of your health that’s easy to overlook: your gums. At Eugene Family Dental in Eugene, OR, we provide periodontal treatment for advanced gum disease (also known as periodontal disease treatment). This essential dental work can keep your smile healthy and full of shining teeth.
In today’s post of our dental health we’re going to look at periodontal treatment. We’ll start by providing an overview of the symptoms of gum disease, and the risks associated with them. We’ll also look at how gum disease can progress from a minor annoyance into a major danger for your smile. Lastly, we’ll let you know what you can expect when you come into our office for periodontal disease treatment.
But first we want to stress the importance of treating gum disease. Gum disease can wreck your oral health, causing discomfort and the loss of teeth. But gum disease may have consequences which range beyond your teeth and gums.
Recent research and studies performed by several major universities have sounded alarm bells when it comes to gum disease. These studies have shown a link between gum disease and increased occurrence of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. This research is new, so a conclusive causative relationship between gum disease and these other illnesses has not yet be established.
But why take the risk? Know the signs and symptoms of gum disease, so you can get the periodontal disease treatment which you need. At the very least, you’ll be ensuring the health of your smile.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Statistically speaking, you’ll probably have to deal with gum disease at some point in your life. Nearly half of all American adults are currently suffering from gum disease, and your risk for gum disease raises substantially as you get older.
Despite the widespread occurrence of gum disease, it can be difficult to spot the symptoms of gum disease. But you should immediately contact Eugene Family Dental in Eugene, OR, if you’ve experienced bleeding gums. It is not a healthy sign when your gums bleed when you brush or floss!
The other most common symptom of gum disease is a change in the appearance of your gums. Gum disease can turn your gums from a healthy shade of pink into a red and inflamed color. You may also notice that your gums appear to be receding. Other symptoms of gum disease include discomfort or sensitivity when chewing, and swelling around your teeth.
However, many patients suffering from gum disease do not exhibit any symptoms. But that does not mean you are safe from the adverse effects of the disease. The American Dental Association recommends having your teeth cleaned every six months. This helps us reverse the early stages of gum disease, or prevent it from occurring at all.
Early Stages of Gum Disease
In its early stages, gum disease is known as gingivitis. You’ve probably heard that term before in a commercial for mouthwash. Often, one of the few noticeable signs of gingivitis is bad breath. But gingivitis can be far more than just an annoyance in your life. Without proper treatment, gingivitis can progress into advanced periodontal disease.
The good news is that gingivitis is easy to treat. When you come into Eugene Family Dental in Eugene, OR, for a dental cleaning, we will carefully remove deposits of plaque and dental tartar from your teeth. Normal, everyday brushing and flossing aren’t enough to remove all plaque and tartar. But a simple dental cleaning is often all you need to treat your gingivitis.
Advanced Stages Gum Disease
Gum disease is characterized by the buildup of plaque and dental tartar on your gums. These acidic bacterias are left behind by the foods you eat, and the beverages you drink. Problems begin when the plaque and the tartar build-up beneath your gumline.
As gum disease progresses, your gums will actually begin to shrink and recede. The buildups of plaque and bacteria can also cause pockets to form between your teeth and gums. This results in the loosening of your teeth. Without periodontal treatment, your teeth may begin to fall-out.
Periodontal Disease Treatment
To treat advanced gum disease, we have to remove the plaque and tartar from your gums. At Eugene Family Dental in Eugene, OR, we accomplish this process with a procedure known as scaling and root planing. (Also known as a dental deep cleaning.)
We use advanced tools to clean out the pockets of plaque and tartar from your gums. We also smooth the roots of your teeth so your gums can re-attach to them. Your dental deep cleaning can be performed with numbing agents and sedation dentistry to ensure your comfort throughout the periodontal treatment.
Make An Appointment
Have you noticed any potential symptoms of gum disease? Bleeding gums should always be a big red flag! At Eugene Family Dental in Eugene, OR, we provide routine teeth cleanings and dental deep cleanings to treat gum disease. If you need periodontal treatment, or it’s been more than six months since your last appointment, call our office at 458-205-5189.
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