Gum Disease

Published on April 24, 2012 by

Many Americans have gum disease (gingivitis) and don’t even know that they have it until it becomes more severe and begins to cause problems for them.  Gingivitis occurs as a result of bacteria, their end-products, and dental plaque; causing the gums to become inflamed. Several signs of gingivitis are; swollen and bleeding gums, gum redness, temperature, or visible pus oozing from around the If gingivitis is caught early enough it can be treated and reversed. However, if this is not the case, more severe problems will arise including, periodontal disease with oral bone loss, and even tooth loss.
When you visit your dentist, they will perform a complete intra-oral examination of you, complete with X-rays and periodontal charting to look for signs of gingivitis or periodontitis. Your dentist will review the results of the oral examination, and if it turns out that you do in fact have gingivitis, a treatment plan will be discussed with you on how to best proceed.  First and foremost, if you are experiencing pain due to your symptoms, these will be addressed first. Prevention is first and foremost. Your dentist and dental hygienist will teach you how to brush and floss your teeth properly, and you should have regular dental check-ups, and professional cleanings at least twice a year. You may also be referred to a periodontist (i.e., a gum specialist) for treatment of your gingivitis and periodontitis. Your gingivitis will be treated using; scaling and root planning, antibiotics, and possibly gum surgery.

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