Treatment for Gum Disease
Many people are unaware of the link between a healthy mouth and general health and well-being. The truth is many major health issues have been linked to gum disease. If you suspect you have gum disease or you have been diagnosed with gingivitis, it is important that you have it treated. Good oral hygiene and general dental care definitely helps in the fight against it, but this is not the only measure that needs to be taken. Regular dental checkups and professional cleanings are also a part of the regime that will keep gingivitis at bay.
There are various methods used in the treatment of gum disease. The best procedure for your situation depends on the extent of the disease. Special instruments are used to remove the plaque buildup on your teeth. The roots of the teeth are then smoothed down; this allows the gums to properly reattach to the teeth. Difficult areas are cleaned with ultrasonic equipment. This device gets in to clean places that are missed by normal brushing and flossing. The gums are measured to detect how deep the pockets are between the tooth and the gum. You may be prescribed special mouthwash and/or toothpaste to help clear up your gum disease. Follow up appointments are vital so that Dr. Frederick can monitor the healing process.
Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease
One of the most common causes of gum disease is poor oral hygiene. If teeth are not brushed and flossed regularly plaque builds up hardening into tartar. This pushes the gums away from the teeth and creates pockets where food debris can get trapped. Once the cycle begins it continues with tartar building up constantly and weakening the bone structure around the tooth.
When gums get puffy and swollen it is a pretty good indication that gum disease is present. If not treated the gums may turn red and begin to bleed from time to time, especially when you brush your teeth. Regular dental cleanings will help prevent gingivitis in the first place and they are necessary for healing the disease.
Gingivitis is a preventable condition. Untreated it can lead to serious health issues like heart problems, stroke, premature birth and low birthweight in babies. Stay healthy by keeping your mouth healthy. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. The Frederick Dental staff will help you achieve your best oral health.