There are many warning signs of gingivitis and gum disease (periodontitis) including:
Infections in the mouth are caused by germs, which can be removed from the mouth during a cleaning. If they are not taken care of, they will first infect the gums, causing gingivitis. After that, it can start infecting the jaw bone around the teeth which is called periodontitis.
Both are serious periodontal conditions that affect millions of people and is actually the number one cause of tooth loss. If not treated as early as possible, the body’s response to these bacterial toxins can progressively continue, become more destructive and become a significant health risk.
To combat gum disease, procedures called scaling and root planing are used. Dental plaque is removed from the surfaces and scaling is used to smooth the exposed surfaces of the root. This helps to remove the dental plaque and tartar which contains bacteria that can release inflammation-causing toxins. The smoother surface of the roots will also work to prevent future plaque buildup.
Aftercare involves making sure that the mouth stays disinfected. Antibiotics will be used near the roots to fight any potential infections, but proper oral hygiene can help as well. There is the risk of gum pockets forming as well, so continued proper oral hygiene is crucial.
Have you experienced any of the above-listed symptoms and are concerned you may have gum disease? Give our office a call to set up a consultation.