Gum Disease Infomation

Published on June 20, 2012 by

Gum disease(s) occur when bacteria and plaque build-up on the teeth and gums over a period on time. If these are not removed with proper oral hygiene practices, there is a time when this build-up cannot be defended, and gum disease occurs. Your dentist will perform a complete oral examination, X-rays, and a complete periodontal charting of your teeth, gums, and the rest of your mouth. If your dentist finds any of the following signs and symptoms of your gums, you will be classified as having gum disease. These signs are; bleeding upon probing, gum swelling, redness, pus around the gum, and gingival and/or periodontal pockets greater then 3 mm deep. Gum disease can be reversed if treated properly and on time. If your dentist observes any bone loss, instead of being classified as gingivitis, your gums will be classified as having periodontitis. Periodontitis cannot be reversed, however it can be arrested. You should visit your dental clinic to make sure that you receive treatment for your gum disease before it progresses to the point where your bone is lost around your teeth and they become loose, abscessed, or cause halitosis.
A good way to prevent gum disease from occurring is to properly brush your teeth at least twice daily for 2 minutes and make sure that you floss at least once daily. Your dentist and dental hygienist will teach you the proper brushing and flossing methods. Use recommended oral care products and toothpastes. If your gum disease is very bad and you have oral bone loss, your dentist may refer you to a periodontist for treatment.  

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