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Most problems benefit from speedy reaction. By staying on the defensive, you can take control of health concerns before they become all-encompassing. Your mouth is no different. And when it comes to dental concerns, gum disease occupies a special territory.
We don’t think about gum disease the way we do cavities. Because tooth decay has more obvious symptoms, it’s the more talked-about disease. But healthy teeth are nothing without healthy gums. If your gum line succumbs to infection, it won’t be able to support your smile.
It’s time to put some gum disease alerts in place. The first step is learning the common signs that point to pending gingivitis. If you take charge before your gums are in trouble, you’ll help your smile last for decades to come.
Increasing Your Gum Disease Awareness
Gum disease can be “silent,” meaning that symptoms don’t appear until the infection has become severe. Because this isn’t ideal for our patients, we do whatever we can to point out other ways to notice disease.
The secret is thinking of the way that disease typically takes hold. There are certain factors that can increase your susceptibility (we’ll discuss those in a moment). But for most patients, disease takes hold when plaque builds up on your teeth and gums. This is the result of poor or infrequent oral hygiene. If you haven’t been brushing and flossing with your usual vigor, and you’re noticing that your teeth and gums seem a little different, then it’s time to step it up. We promise that a little extra cleaning today is worth the discomfort, dental work, and damage that you avoid in the future.
In addition to prioritizing hygiene, make sure you’re aware of potential risk factors:
- Tobacco use
- Genetic predisposition
- High stress levels
- Certain medications
- Poor nutrition
- Other disease that cause inflammation
You can take a Risk Assessment Test online to determine whether you’re in a high risk category for disease.
If you suspect that gum disease may be taking hold, look for any of the following symptoms:
- Red or purple gums
- Bleeding gums
- Loose-feeling teeth
- Receding gums
- Pockets forming between teeth and gums
- Pus or sores
- Persistent bad breath
- A changing bite
How Periodontal Treatment Works
Periodontal treatment takes a multi-pronged approach to healing your gums and reducing harmful bacteria. Depending on your case, we will recommend a series of different treatments. They commonly include scaling and root planing (the physical removal of plaque from the teeth, tooth roots, and gums), antibiotic treatment, and gum surgery to reduce periodontal pockets. Throughout treatment, Dr. Hoffman will ensure that you are comfortable and informed of the next steps.
Macomb Dentist on Life After Periodontal Disease
Once you’ve had periodontal disease, your gums change in subtle and obvious ways. Your smile may look different, with overgrown or receding gums. Your teeth could be more sensitive, with worn or stained enamel. Your gums may remain somewhat puffy. And, most importantly, it’s easier for you to succumb to gum disease again in the future.
The best approach to take is one of prevention. But there are ways to watch out for disease even after it’s taken hold in the past. By scheduling regular dental exams, you give our team (and yourself) the best possible chance of keeping disease out of your life. We may want to see you more than every six months to stay on top of potential problems.
If you ever have a question about gum disease, please, contact Hoffman Dental Care. We’re here to help.