Are you suffering from gum disease? You may already have the disease and not even realize it! If you have red and swollen gums that often bleed after you brush or eat crunchy or tough foods, you most likely have gum disease.
Depending on the severity of infection and the amount of damage to the gum tissue, bones, and teeth, we can treat gum disease in some of the following ways:
Professional Dental Cleanings
The first step to combating gum disease is almost always a professional cleaning with a dentist. Only a dentist can remove tartar buildup on the teeth.
At Dentistry by Dr. Kaplansky, we may recommend a procedure called scaling and root planing to clear away plaque and tartar and allow the gum tissue to heal. During tooth scaling your our hygienist will scrape away plaque and tartar beneath the gums either manually or with an ultrasonic cleaner. The process of planing involves smoothing of any uneven surfaces on exposed roots so that the gum tissue can heal and adhere to the smooth surface of the root.
Medicated/Antibiotic Mouth Rinses
Sometimes we will recommend a medicated mouth rinse after your dental scaling and planing. The rinse kills any existing bacteria and prevents new bacteria from adhering to your teeth and gums. These rinses are quite effective when combined with regular professional cleanings and good daily oral hygiene practices.
We can effectively fight gum disease with scaling and planing. However, it’s up to you to maintain your teeth and gums on a daily basis. Here are some risk factors that increase the likelihood that you will develop gum disease.
- Tobacco use
- Old fillings or ill-fitting bridges
- Grinding your teeth
- Crooked teeth
The most important thing to remember is to keep your mouth as free from plaque and tartar as possible.
Brush and Floss
To remove plaque before it adheres to your dental enamel, follow a diligent routine of brushing twice daily. If you can’t brush after every meal, make sure to at least rinse your mouth with water to free any debris from your gum line and reduce the risk of gum infection.Flossing cleans those small spaces that your toothbrush can’t. Flossing is the most effective way for you to remove plaque from between your teeth.
See Your Dentist Regularly
Regular professional dental cleanings are the best way to avoid gum disease. A dental cleaning is the only way to rid your teeth of existing tartar. Routine visits also allow us to monitor changes in the health of your teeth and gums, making it more likely that potential problems will be noticed and treated before they cause permanent damage.
If you think you may have signs of gum disease, or you just want to explore your options for preventing gum disease, please contact our Gasport dental office to schedule a consultation. A healthy smile is closer than you think!