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Gum Disease

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a slow progressing condition that arises when bacteria in plaque, a sticky, colorless film that forms in the mouth, accumulates between the gums and teeth. As the bacteria begin to multiply, the gums surrounding the tooth may become inflamed, which can lead to bone loss.

What are the signs or symptoms of gum disease?

The signs or symptoms of gum disease can include a variety of indicators. Possible symptoms are red, swollen, and tender gums, which may also cause mouth pain. Another symptom is bleeding that occurs while brushing, flossing, or eating hard foods. If your gums are receding or pulling away from your teeth, or your teeth are loose or separating, these could also be signs of gum disease. Other symptoms may include the presence of pus between your gums and teeth, mouth sores, or persistent bad breath.

Does gum therapy hurt?

During the deep cleaning process, our hygienists will apply a topical gel to the gums, and then the tooth will be numbed with a local anesthesia. Deep cleaning causes very little discomfort.

How is gum disease treated?

The most effective way to treat gum disease is through deep cleaning or scaling and root planing. During scaling and root planing, the hygienist cleans between the gums and teeth, down to the root. Your hygienist may need to use local anesthetic to numb the gums and the roots of your teeth while the procedure is performed.

How can I prevent gum disease?

To maintain healthy teeth and gums, it's crucial to schedule regular dental exams and tooth cleanings. Additionally, maintaining good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing twice daily is paramount. There are several factors that can increase your susceptibility to gum disease. These include genetics, pregnancy, diabetes, certain medications, smoking, and other forms of tobacco use.

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