Gum disease is a pretty frightening topic, especially when you consider just how many people it affects. More than half of all Americans will suffer from gum disease at some point in their lives. Gum disease can absolutely destroy your oral health; gum disease can lead to chronic bad breath and the loss of teeth.
But gum disease can affect more than just your oral health. New studies at leading research universities around the world have linked gum disease to various fatal illness. Links have been shown between gum disease and cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
At Eugene Family Dental in Eugene, OR, we take gum disease extremely seriously. If you’ve been suffering from bleeding gums (especially when your brush or floss), inflamed and red gums (instead of the natural pink color), the receding of your gums, or sensitivity when you chew, then you should schedule an appointment at our office right away.
Here in our comfortable and modern office at Eugene Family Dental, we offer both corrective and preventative treatments for gum disease. In today’s post of our dental health blog, we’re going to tell you about the signs and stages of gum disease. Because gum disease can often go undetected in its early stages, it’s important to know what you’re looking for. If gum disease is detected early, we can plan any necessary treatments and ensure you retain all of your teeth.
Gum disease is created by the same thing that causes tooth decay: plaque. Whenever you eat, bacteria remains on your gums and teeth. This bacteria will eventually turn into an acidic film of plaque, and can cause decay. Gum disease occurs when plaque gets stuck beneath your gumline. This can cause your gums to begin to separate away from your teeth.
Gum disease starts as a mild, completely treatable disorder known as gingivitis. Gingivitis can cause bad breath, but is generally invisible in appearance. Treatment for gingivitis is much easier and more comfortable than treatment for the latter stages of gum disease, as the effects of gingivitis are entirely reversible.
As gum disease progresses, it will begin to loosen your teeth. Gum disease can also cause a change in your bite, and cause you to lose teeth. As gum disease ravages your gums, your gums will begin to shrink and pull away from your teeth. This causes your teeth to lose their stability, and puts you at a heightened risk for losing the teeth.
However, we can still treat you at this stage of gum disease. Without treatment, excess buildups of plaque below your gumline will flourish and grow if the bacteria is not removed. At this stage we recommend a treatment known as root planing and scaling, sometimes called a “deep cleaning.”
We use specially designed tools to enter the area between your gums and your teeth. Here we can remove the bacteria and plaque for your teeth and gums. This deep cleaning creates a healthy surface for your gums to heal. We may also prescribe antibiotics to ensure the infection is killed.
Following your “deep cleaning” we will develop a plan to more closely monitor your health. This may include more frequent cleanings (rather than the normal twice a year a routine). We will also suggest some small changes you can make to your oral health habits to prevent your gum disease from returning.
Make An Appointment
If you have worrying symptoms of gum disease, don’t hesitate to contact our office. At Eugene Family Dental in Eugene, OR, we can provide the prompt intervention you need to stop gum disease in its tracks.
If you’ve notice bleeding in your gums, especially when you brush and floss, or red and swollen gums, then you may be suffering from gum disease. Schedule an appointment at Eugene Family Dental in Eugene, OR, by calling our office at 541-719-8260.
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