Many adults in the Treasure Valley have some form of gum disease. Gum disease is an oral condition that ranges from an inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) to more serious problems like periodontitis and advanced periodontitis.
Gum disease is caused when the bacteria that is naturally present in your mouth combines with mucus and leftover food particles to form a sticky film called plaque. If plaque isn’t removed, it can harden into tartar. This tartar then attacks the enamel of your teeth and the tissues below the gum line.
If gingivitis isn’t treated it can progress to periodontitis. Periodontitis can then result in significant damage to the bone and soft tissues supporting your teeth. In this scenario, bacteria can also enter your bloodstream and spread to other parts of your body which can result in additional health problems.
Symptoms Of Gum Disease
Gum disease can affect people of any age. However, people in their 30’s and 40’s are especially susceptible. Early detection of gum disease is crucial for effective treatment. However, you may not experience any signs or symptoms because many of the early stages of gum disease are painless. Below are some signs to look out for:
- Loose Teeth – Teeth can become loose if there is an infection beneath the gum line. As the problem persists, the gum pockets become deeper.
- Sensitive Teeth – Tooth sensitivity can be a sign of gum disease. This is because the underlying surface of a tooth loses the protection afforded by the outer enamel.
- Bad Breath – Bad breath that doesn’t go away or a bad taste in the mouth can be a sign of gum disease caused by an accumulation of plaque on the teeth.
- Red, Swollen, or Bleeding Gums – Inflammation caused by gum disease can cause your gums to bleed or become red, swollen or tender. However, gingivitis isn’t painful for everyone suffering from the condition.
- Receding Gums – Gum recession can be a sign of periodontitis when the surrounding tissues of the teeth erode or pulls back, exposing more of a tooth or its roots.
Preventing Gum Disease
Gum disease can be prevented by brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day. Visiting your Boise dentist at Summit Dental for regular checkups and cleanings can also help you fight gum disease.
Treating Gum Disease
Dental hygiene is a critical part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. That’s why it’s important to brush and floss your teeth daily and visit your Boise dentist for regular cleanings and exams. Even if you do have gum disease, it can be reversed with proper care. Gingivitis can often be treated with minimally-invasive options such as a professional dental cleaning and antibiotics.
At Summit Dental we can provide you with a deep cleaning treatment called scaling and root planning for those who suffer from gum disease. During this treatment, tartar is scraped from the tooth below and above the gum line. Bacteria and other rough spots are also removed. Medications may be prescribed or mouthwashes may be recommended to limit and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. In severe cases, surgery may be required and teeth may need to be removed.
Summit Dental Group
It’s important to pay attention to your oral health and visit your Boise dentist regularly to prevent gum disease. If you suspect you have gum disease, contact Summit Dental Group at (208) 345-8962 or fill out our form online. With treatment, we can provide you with healthy gums, healthy teeth and natural, beautiful smile you can be proud of.