It begins quietly on the surface of your teeth. A clear, sticky substance called plaque accumulates and hardens into tartar. While you may only notice a roughness on the surface of your teeth, the groundwork for gingivitis is being laid. You can eliminate this problem early by making a trip to Midgette Family Dentistry and getting your teeth and gums examined and cleaned with general dentistry.
Treatment for early stage gum disease is simple and effective. It begins with a thorough cleaning of the surfaces of the gums and teeth. Special dental instruments are used to get below the gum line and remove all the calculus and plaque. Food debris is also removed from between the teeth and gums. Once the cleaning is completed, the roots of the teeth are smoothed so the gums can reattach, since the tartar accumulation caused them to become unattached.
In some instances, medication may need to be placed in the gums to stop the infection. Severe cases of gum disease may require an oral antibiotic in order to get rid of the infection. Special mouthwash and/or toothpaste may be prescribed to help healing and restore health to the gums.
Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease
If you have noticed that your gums are bright pink or red and if they are puffy or look swollen, chances are you have gum disease. Bleeding when brushing or flossing teeth is also a common sign of gum issues. In severe cases, bad breath accompanies gum disease. This stems from the infection in the gums.
Gum disease has many causes, the most common being lack of adequate oral hygiene. However, that is not the only cause. There are many medications that can cause gum disease. Hormonal changes in women and girls also make them more vulnerable to gingivitis at certain times. Genetics can play a role for some people as well as their systems have a tendency to produce the ideal environment for tartar accumulation.
If you notice the signs of gum disease, be sure to call Midgette Family Dentistry right away for an appointment. When treated in its early stages, gum disease is quickly reversible. Neglected, it can impact your general health and eventually lead to tooth loss. We are here to help you get gum disease under control. Contact us today.