Finding out that you have gum disease can be worrying. Among the mildest symptoms are bleeding gums and some redness and swelling around the gum area. When the condition is more advanced, it can lead to blackened gums, gum infection and tooth loss. If you value a winning smile and your dental health, then you need to take action with your oral health.
In the early stages, you can easily reverse the onslaught of gum diseases by being diligent about your dental hygiene. This means that you should be aiming to brush your teeth after each meal and flossing too. At a minimum you should be brushing twice a day, flossing once per day and using a mouth wash to flush away the left over bacteria and germs. Many of us are guilty about getting a little lax with our home dental care routine, but it is essential that you are consistent to avoid a build up of bacteria, which leads to plaque, tartar and gum disease.
If the gum disease has already become set in, then this means that you have a build up of tartar around the root of the tooth. This could be causing the gums to recede away from the teeth. At this point it may be necessary to visit your dentist and have them perform a deep clean where they cleanse the gums to remove as much bacteria as possible. A specialist dentist who performs this kind of procedure is called a periodontist. When they do this treatment they will numb your mouth and clean under the gums and around the roots of the teeth. The success of the procedure depends on how much damage there is already.
Sometimes there is so much damage and infection already in the gums that the teeth have loosened. This is because the receding gums undermine the support that the gum is able to provide to the tooth. If this is the case, then the periodontist may have to resort to surgical treatments to help rectify the situation.
If you get a diagnosis of gum disease on time and manages to apply greater care of the teeth and visit a dentist for a thorough clean a couple of times a year, then you can avoid getting to the point where more serious surgical procedures are necessary. Employing good oral hygiene techniques at home is the key to maintaining good oral health.