At HomeTown Dental at Irving, we provide a range of treatments as part of an effective periodontal maintenance and care regime. Preserving gum health is crucial in the fight against disease if you want to sustain healthy teeth and keep them looking great throughout your life.
What Is Periodontal Care?
The supporting gums, soft tissue, and bones that support your teeth are known as the periodontium. The specialist area of dentistry that deals with this area is known as periodontics. Its primary function is to preserve the health of the gums with preventive care and treating gum disease in its early stages, as well as when it has progressed to the more severe form, known as periodontitis.
What Are the Signs of Gum Disease?
The initial stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. Although it is not always obvious that you have gum disease as it is typically painless, there are some common signs that should be a warning that you may have a problem.
The most obvious indication of gum disease is bleeding gums. This often shows as blood on your toothbrush, or when you floss. Closer examination may reveal red, swollen gums that are beginning to recede from around the teeth.
If the disease has progressed to periodontitis, you may also notice a persistent bad taste in your mouth or bad breath (halitosis). You may start to get gum abscesses, and you may notice that your teeth are loose.
During the advanced stage of periodontitis, the gums have receded considerably, exposing the tooth roots and eventually resulting in tooth loss as all the supporting soft tissue and bone around the tooth is eroded.
How Do I Prevent Gum Disease?
Gum disease is easily prevented, but it does require that you have a proper cleaning routine at home. You should brush your teeth at least twice daily and follow this up with flossing, taking care to floss beneath the gumline in between the teeth to ensure that all debris is removed.
While this will go a long way to preventing the onset of gum disease, your home care regime should be supplemented with regular exams at the dentist, who can spot problems you may have missed. It is also necessary to carry out professional cleanings from time-to-time to remove hardened plaque (tartar) which tends to accumulate no matter how efficient your cleaning regime is.
What Happens if I Have Gum Disease?
The good news is that you have the mildest form of gum disease (gingivitis) it can be cured. You will need to step up your oral hygiene routine and with some remedial treatments carried out by the dentist, such as deep cleaning, scaling, and polishing, your gums can be returned to full health.
If the disease has progressed to periodontitis, although the disease cannot be cured, it can be controlled and managed. Treatments may vary, depending on the extent of the disease and whether you have other mitigating circumstances that may affect the progress of the disease.
HomeTown Dental at Irving provides a range of periodontal maintenance and care options in the management of gum disease. Phone us at (469) 599-2020 for further information.