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Did you know that gum disease is found among patients of all ages and backgrounds? It is a widespread affliction that can impact anyone, even if you brush and floss regularly! What’s more, gum disease is the biggest factor behind adult tooth loss and is also related other health problems. That’s crazy, right? But it’s all true!
We feel that being educated on the cause, treatment, and prevention of gum disease can help you to sidestep major dental nightmares down the road, which is why we have made this condition the subject of today’s post.
Keep reading, and then be sure to follow up with our team to schedule your next checkup in our Billings. MT dental office.
Gingivitis Is The Beginning Of The Problem
Gum disease, or periodontitis, is the infection of the tissue surrounding your teeth. This tissue, your gums, plays a big role in supporting and protecting your teeth. As such, any infection of this tissue can be detrimental to their mission of keeping your teeth safe and healthy.
Gum disease actually starts out as a bacterial infection called gingivitis. This condition is characterized by tender gums and bad breath. It is the result of plaque that has evaded your toothbrush and slipped down below your gumline.
Here’s the good news: if gingivitis is detected early enough, it can be easily treated and reversed. The bad news is that it often goes unnoticed until a professional identifies the problem. You won’t have much to worry about if you are a regular visitor to our Legacy Smiles office.
But if gum disease is allowed to get out of control, you can be sure that there will be consequences and they will be nasty.
Full-Blown Periodontal Disease Comes Next
As gum disease gets more severe it is called periodontal disease. Folks with periodontal disease often have loosened up teeth or teeth that have fallen out entirely because the infection has deteriorated the bone and eroded the gums to the point that there is no support structure left.
Tooth loss will be bad enough and will add untold pain and expense to your life. But if the bacteria that causes gum disease gets into your bloodstream, worse things than that become possible. Gum disease has recently been linked with heart disease, respiratory issues, and some forms of cancer!
Don’t let it come to that.
Legacy Smiles Can Help!
Our team can prevent gum disease or catch it early, if you give us the chance to stay in-tune with the ever-changing situation in your mouth. That’s why we want to see your smiling face every 3-6 months for regular teeth cleanings and dental exams.
If it is too late for prevention, we will switch into restorative mode. When the presence of an infection is detected, there are many ways we can treat the problem. A routine dental cleaning can take care of small infection, but moderate infections will need to be treated by a process called scaling and root planing. This process is a deep cleaning done with a laser that is used to remove buildup from underneath your gums.
This kind of treatment may also be used in combination with prescription-strength mouthrinses or antibiotics to knock out the infection. If the problem is more severe, it may require surgery.
Regardless of what the situation calls for, we can do all of the restorative work right here in our comfortable office.
You Make The Call!
We hope that you have been inspired to take the next step towards a healthier smile. If you are experiencing signs of gum disease, please call our office right away at (406) 794-3114 or contact us online!