When we talk about oral health, we tend to only think about teeth and methods to protect them from cavities and decays. It is necessary to consider the health of your gums as well. Gums should be kept clean from plaque and tartar buildup (calculus). Unhealthy and unmaintained gums become inflamed, sore, and swollen. This causes gum diseases. Symptoms of gum diseases are:
Gums affect the overall health of the body. Oral bacteria that thrive in diseased gums escape into the bloodstream and damage major organs. Gum diseases are often associated with a high risk of developing heart diseases, diabetes, dementia, rheumatoid arthritis, and premature birth. Also, some gum disease-causing bacteria build esophageal tumors that might cause cancer. Gum diseases may be caused due to the following reasons:
A constant build up of plaque and tartar at your gumline causes gingivitis. It causes irritation, swelling, and soreness in gums. Your gums might also bleed while brushing and flossing. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and can be treated by maintaining good oral hygiene.
Gingivitis if left untreated develops into a serious form of gum disease known as Periodontitis. Bacteria thriving in plaque and tartar deposits seep into gums and release toxic substances that infect the gums. Pus pockets are formed near the tooth root. This damage to the gums forces them to recede and make them weaker. Slowly and gradually the gum tissues disconnect from the teeth and the infection destroys the underlying bone structure. Eventually, you might end up losing single or multiple teeth.
X-rays are used to determine the presence of gum disease. Depending on the extent of degeneration, gum infection therapy, or treatment will be provided.
Our dental hygienist will clean your teeth and under your gums to remove plaque and tartar buildups. Your teeth are polished and disinfected with fluoride to remove bacteria. Gingival pockets near the gum line are cleared of the abscess and infection.
If you have gingivitis, professional cleaning along with a good oral health regimen is enough to provide good results.
Surgical treatment is required to treat periodontitis. Under oral sedation Dr. Daniel Nickles will treat your gum disease which may include perio laser therapy.
Prevention of Gum Diseases
Maintaining the health of your gums will improve your overall health. Below are a few tips that help your gums stay healthy and wholesome.
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