Gum Disease: What you need to know
It is important that you and your dentist pay attention to your gums for signs of gum disease. Gum disease is treatable if you catch it early, at Brooklin Village Dental Care our dentist are always looking for signs of gum disease so that it is detected early.
What is gum disease
Gum disease is the swelling, tenderness, or infection of the gums which support your teeth. There are two main forms of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontal. Periodontal disease is where the gum and bone pull away from the teeth leaving pockets that become infected causing damage to the gum and bone.
Signs and symptoms
The signs and symptoms you should be watching for are:
• Swollen tender gums
• Receding gums
• Gums that bleed easily during and after brushing your teeth
• Loose or shifting teeth
Treatment of gum disease
With gingivitis, prompt professional treatment usually reverses the effects of gingivitis. The treatment includes:
• Professional teeth cleaning to remove plaque build-up
• Usually, the dentist will recommend a certain mouthwash rinse for after brushing to help prevent tartar build-up in between cleanings
• Good oral hygiene is a must to prevent gingivitis from worsening
Periodontal disease will require a periodontist to do a deep clean.
A deep clean not only cleans the teeth above the gum but also below the gum line. Cleaning below the gum line will require making small incisions in the gum to get below the gum line and clean out any tartar, bacteria, or other debris.
You also may need a root canal done in order to clean everything up. When a root canal is performed then a cap is placed over the tooth to prevent food entering the tooth area. Here at Brooklin Village Dental Center, our dentists will help you with not only spotting gum disease but keeping gum disease at bay.