Periodontal (Gum) Disease

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When you think about the health of your mouth, you probably think about the condition of your teeth. While healthy teeth are essential to a healthy mouth, they are not the only component. The health of your gums is just as important. Healthy gums sit tightly against your teeth, providing a protective seal against oral bacteria. This bone support, is also important for keeping your teeth in place. If oral bacteria build up in your mouth, they irritate your gums, leading to gum disease, which can put your oral and overall health in jeopardy. At The Elmwood Dental Group LLC, we can help you to maintain your periodontal health and keep your whole mouth healthy.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease or periodontal disease is a progressive oral health issue. It begins with the irritation and inflammation of your gum tissue due to a buildup of plaque and oral bacteria. This first process is called gingivitis and if left untreated, the condition only continues to grow worse and lead to gum disease or periodontal disease. Your swollen gums pull away from your teeth, creating spaces or pockets, where the bacteria fall and collect into these pockets. The bacteria then continue to attack your gums, along with your jawbone and periodontal ligaments. Eventually, your gums begin to recede, your teeth become loose, and you may even experience tooth loss. It is even possible for bacteria to make their way into your bloodstream, which can then lead to serious issues such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

Signs and Symptoms

Gum disease can be painless, so it is important to be aware of any of the following symptoms:
  • Swollen, red, tender or bleeding gums
  • Gums that recede or move away from the tooth
  • Persistent bad taste or bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Visible pus surrounding teeth and gums

How Can Gum Disease Be Prevented?

There are several steps that you can take to maintain your periodontal health, along with the health of your teeth, your mouth, and your whole body in general. These steps include:
  • Taking care of your mouth at home. It is recommended that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss at least once per day. You should brush for at least two minutes every time your brush using a soft bristled brush to help prevent irritation of your gum tissue. When flossing, take care not to force the floss between your teeth or snap it against your gums.
  • Regular dental visits. It is recommended that you have at least two professional dental visits every year. During these visits, we provide your teeth with a thorough cleaning, removing plaque, tartar, bacteria and debris buildup. We also perform thorough oral exams, checking your teeth and gums for signs of issues, such as damage, decay, and infection. Exams allow us to spot issues early and take action before they become serious.
  • A healthy diet. Eating a well-balanced diet is important for the health of your entire body, including your periodontal health. Foods rich in vitamins and minerals—dark, leafy greens, vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, legumes, and nuts—will help to keep your teeth and gums healthy, preventing inflammation and gum disease.

How Is Gum Disease Treated?

While taking proper care of your mouth goes a long way in helping you to prevent gum disease, it can still happen. If you notice any symptoms of gum disease, no matter how minor they may seem, it is important that you contact our office right away.

Treatments for gum disease vary based on the severity of your situation. Earlier stages of gum disease can often be treated right at our office with a procedure called scaling and root planing, a “deep” cleaning of your teeth. Our well educated hygienists help to perform this procedure for the early periodontal cases. They use techniques and dental technology to help clean to the base of the perio pocket. In some cases we administer an antibiotic which goes in after the perio pocket is cleaned and kills any residual bacteria. More advanced stages, we would refer and work closely with a specialist called a periodontist who may recommend more treatments, such as pocket reduction surgery or grafting, if needed.

When it comes to maintaining your periodontal health, taking proper care of your teeth and gums is essential. For more information, or if you suspect something is wrong, contact The Elmwood Dental Group LLC today at (860) 331-8748.

Our Gum Disease Services:

Periodontal Scaling
A periodontal maintenance procedure (PMP) is defined as a procedure that is recommended following periodontal treatment (such as scaling and root planing) and continues at varying intervals, determined by the clinical evaluation of the dentist.

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