A beautiful smile comes from healthy teeth and gums. Yet, gum disease is one of the most prevalent oral diseases today. With easy access to proven safe and effective oral hygiene tools such as American Dental Association approved toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental flossing methods, and mouthwashes to keep bacteria in check, along with professional dental cleanings, we are better prepared than ever to prevent gum disease.
Still, if you don’t make use of these tools every single day, your mouth will pay the price, and gum disease isn’t pretty. Early gum disease, or gingivitis, arises when the bacteria in plaque irritate your soft oral tissues. You can feel plaque as the sticky bacterial film in the mouth that builds up unless you remove it every day when you brush and floss. As plaque irritates your gums, it causes inflammation and swelling, redness, bleeding, and tenderness. In the early stages, it is easily treated and generally reversible.
However, if you ignore gingivitis and it is left to progress, the gums will recede from your teeth, creating pockets where plaque can settle, causing the teeth to loosen and fall out, and resulting in the loss of bone material.
In the early stages, your dentist may recommend stepping up your daily oral hygiene care: brushing twice a day, flossing once, and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash. If you have advanced periodontitis, your dentist may suggest more frequent dental cleanings including scaling and root planing, antibiotics for infection, or oral surgery.
Dr. Keith Kitchens and our team in Alpharetta, Georgia are ready to help you win the fight against gum disease. If your gums are in need of some TLC, please schedule a periodontal treatment at Windward Dental Care by calling 770-569-7580 today!