There are a number of ways in which gum disease can be addressed.
If you have noticed some of the symptoms of early gum disease — gums that bleed when you brush your teeth, persistent bad breath, or swollen gums, for example — you may be wondering what you can do to resolve the issue. Fortunately, your dentist can help to treat the issue and alleviate some of your symptoms — read on to find out how early gum disease can be addressed, and what you can do to prevent the condition altogether…
How can gum disease be prevented?
The best way in which gum disease can be prevented is to maintain proper oral hygiene habits. This means brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once daily. Flossing is an important part of any good oral hygiene routine as it helps to get rid of plaque, bacteria and food particles from between the teeth.
It is also important that you see your dentist for regular dental check-ups and cleans. Going for professional dental cleans regularly is an effective way of having plaque removed and can also remove any plaque that you may have missed when brushing or flossing your teeth. Proper oral hygiene and regular cleans can help to reverse gingivitis and improve your overall oral health.
How can it be treated?
The reality is that gum disease can occur even with good dental care. The good news is that it can be addressed with a number of treatments. In its early stages, gum disease (also known as gingivitis) can often be resolved using dental scaling and root planning. During a scaling procedure, your dentist will remove any plaque and tartar that has built up above and below the gum line to remove the bacteria responsible for inflammation of the gums. In the case of root planning, the surface of your tooth roots will be smoothed out. This makes it more difficult for bacteria to attach to these areas.
If the cleaning process is not enough to resolve your gum disease, your dentist may recommend that you take a course of antibiotics to clear up the infection and resolve your symptoms.
Is surgery an option?
While the early stages of gum disease can often be resolved using a dental scaling and root planning procedure, if the condition advances to a more severe stage, surgery may be required. In its more advanced stage, gum disease is known as periodontitis. Periodontitis is a severe infection of the gums and can lead to some serious issues, including tooth loss, pain, receding gums and an increased risk of issues like heart disease and diabetes.
If your dentist has diagnosed periodontitis, they may recommend that you undergo flap surgery. During flap surgery, the gums are lifted from the tooth roots so that they can be thoroughly cleaned. If periodontitis has caused bone loss, bone grafting might be an appropriate treatment for you. A bone grafting procedure involves the placement of bone grafts into the affected area to promote the growth of new bone.
How can we help?
If you are suffering from gum disease, we can help. We offer a range of services designed to address the effects of gum disease and improve overall oral health. We encourage all of our patients to come in for regular dental check-ups and cleans so that we can identify and resolve early signs of gum disease as soon as possible. If you would like to find out more about gum disease treatments at Oracare, please have a look here.
We also offer a range of other dentistry services, including preventative, restorative, and orthodontic services. To see the full list of treatments that we offer at Oracare, please have a look here. If you would like to make an appointment to see us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch here or give us a call on (07) 3286 6914.