If you are suffering from gum disease, this is a very common condition that causes your gums to become inflamed and swollen. The problem with this is that it makes them vulnerable to more serious dental issues such as tooth decay, abscesses and even oral cancer. Furthermore, unhealthy gums can lead to receding of the teeth or periodontitis which could result in tooth loss if not treated properly.
Plaque buildup at the gum line leads to inflammation and infection in the gums. If you don’t treat this now, it could lead to periodontitis and you may lose your teeth.
Plaque is a film of bacteria that builds up on your teeth. If it’s not removed properly, plaque can harden into tartar (also known as calculus), which cannot be removed by brushing alone. Tartar is extremely difficult to remove because it gets embedded in the gums and below the gum line. This can lead to inflammation and infection in the gums and periodontitis—an advanced form of gum disease that may require surgery for treatment.
Tartar buildup at the gum line leads to inflammation and infection in the gums. If you don’t treat this now, it could lead to periodontitis and you may lose your teeth
You can restore healthy gums with proper oral care and the right treatments.
You can restore healthy gums with proper oral care and the right treatments. Proper oral care includes brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental appointments for professional cleanings. The right treatments include scaling and root planing, gum grafts and surgery.
Natural home remedies such as rinsing your mouth with salt water, aloe vera juice or hydrogen peroxide can help reduce inflammation in the gums and keep them healthy.
If you have gingivitis, it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth with a soft bristled toothbrush and floss daily. Use a mouthwash that contains fluoride every morning and night to help prevent cavities and prevent gum disease from getting worse. Avoid smoking, alcohol and caffeine as they can all damage your gums.
Gum disease is treatable but it’s best not to wait until it gets worse before seeking advice from your dentist or physician. Treatment usually involves cleaning the teeth with special instruments called curettes or scaling along with medications such as antibiotics or anti-inflammatory drugs depending on the type of gum disease present.
Grinding your teeth, for example, can lead to receding gums over time, so talk to a dentist about getting a mouthguard if you grind often or have an issue with clenching at night.
The first thing to do is talk to your dentist, who can determine whether you have any underlying issues or diseases that could be causing the problem. From there, they can recommend a course of treatment.
If you grind your teeth, for example, this can lead to receding gums over time. A mouthguard may help prevent this if it’s a common problem for you—but talk to a dentist first! If you have an issue with clenching at night (also known as bruxism), get fitted for one of those too.
If you’ve had periodontal disease in the past and your gums have receded or lost tissue mass because of this, you can get surgical procedures like gum grafts to restore your healthy smile. Gum grafts are used to repair receding gums. They are a good option for people who have had periodontal disease in the past.
Gum grafts can be done in the dentist’s office and take only an hour or two. The doctor will numb up the area where they plan on placing new gum tissue using topical numbing cream or local anesthesia shots into your jawbone so that there is no pain during surgery.*
After removing some bone from around your teeth as well as any loose tissue, a small amount of bone is taken from areas on top of each tooth (the alveolar ridge) and placed under nearby portions of receded gum tissue. Once this process has been completed, stitches are placed through all layers needed for stability.*
Scaling and root planing performed by a dental professional may be enough for early-stage periodontal disease where there is slight inflammation and no tooth loss yet, but advanced periodontitis requires more extensive treatment like surgery.
Scaling and root planing is a procedure that removes plaque and tartar from teeth. It is performed by a dentist or dental hygienist, who will scrape enamel from the teeth using an ultrasonic scaler or hand instrument to remove tartar at the gum line.
Plaque removal may be enough for early-stage periodontal disease where there is slight inflammation and no tooth loss yet, but advanced periodontitis requires more extensive treatment like surgery.
If your gums are unhealthy, it is important to get them treated as soon as possible. Some of the symptoms include redness or swelling around your teeth and bleeding when brushing. If you have these signs then seek treatment from your dentist right away so that they can help restore healthy gums so that you can maintain oral health for years to come!