Enjoying good oral health is not simply a matter of brushing your teeth; it involves taking care of your gums as well. In fact, gum disease is a growing problem throughout the US and around the world. It can lead to painful gum tissue, bleeding issues, over sensitivity to hot and cold foods, and – in extreme cases – can even lead to tooth loss. Gum disease not only impacts your oral health; it has also been connected with other serious maladies such as diabetes and heart disease. At Forever Smiles, we recognize the importance of periodontal care for our patients.
Important Facts about Gum Disease
While it’s true that gum disease is often the result of poor oral hygiene habits, it can also be caused by a variety of other reasons, such as a change in hormone levels, diabetes, reactions to medications, and personal habits like smoking, for example. Whatever the reason may be for developing gum disease, it is treatable and even preventable if caught in the early stages. During routine exams and professional cleanings, your hygienist may periodically check the depths of pockets that form in gum tissue around your teeth, which may be an indication of early gum disease. Symptoms of this condition include gums that bleed easily, gums that are swollen, receding gums, and gums that are tender or painful.
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Periodontal Care and Treatment
Treatment of gum disease depends to a large extent on how advanced the condition is in the individual patient. A person in the early stages may simply require deep cleaning and flossing more regularly at home. A person with advanced gum disease may need prescribed medication or even surgery to address the problem. And, as is always the case with any dental issue, the earlier we detect the problem, the easier it is to treat. That’s why your hygienist and your dentist will regularly check the health of your gum tissue during your routine exams and cleanings.
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If you are experiencing one or more symptoms of gum disease, or if you are due for your routine professional exam and cleaning, call our office today.