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One of the most common conditions that dentists see in patients is gum disease. Although it can be easily prevented through regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits, millions of Americans suffer from this disease. If your dentist notices any signs of gum disease, he or she can take action quickly and help you treat your symptoms. The experienced dental professionals at Dental Associates of Basking Ridge have helped clients who are suffering from gum disease since 1947. Our skilled team of dentists and hygienists are here to make sure you have the healthiest smile you can. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment today.
Stages of Gum Disease
When a person’s gum line has become so inflamed that it impacts the bone that supports the teeth, they may have gum disease. What many people don’t realize is that there are three stages of gum disease, gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis.
- Gingivitis is the least severe form of gum disease that is treatable and reversible. This occurs as a result of poor oral hygiene when the bacteria found in plaque damages the gums. If gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to periodontitis.
- Periodontitis is far more serious than gingivitis, as it can result in spaces between your gums and your teeth. The gums can become destroyed by bacteria and eventually, it can turn into advanced periodontitis.
- Advanced periodontitis is the most advanced stage of gum disease where the gum tissue has broken down so much that the bone that supports the teeth is also becoming destroyed. Your teeth can loosen and may need to be removed, ultimately impacting your speech and ability to chew.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Though there are many symptoms of gum disease, you may not realize that you have it because it is often painless. An experienced dental professional can identify any signs of gum disease and help you treat it immediately before it advances to a more serious stage. Some of the symptoms of gum disease that you should be aware of include the following:
- Swollen or red gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Persistent bad taste in your mouth
- Gums that bleed easily when you brush or floss
- Loose teeth
- Very sensitive teeth
- Gums that recede from the tooth
- Painful chewing
Treating Gum Disease
Gum disease can be prevented by making sure you brush and floss your teeth properly and regularly. One of the key elements of preventing gum disease is making sure you remove any dental plaque that could cause bacteria to build up in the mouth. If you are diagnosed with gum disease, treatment will depend heavily on how advanced the disease is. Gingivitis can be treated by making sure you improve your daily dental hygiene regiment, including investing in a WaterPik, that uses water pressure to remove food and plaque below the gum line. If you have a more advanced stage of gum disease, your dentist may perform scaling and root planing to remove plaque and tartar from below the gum line. Advanced periodontitis may require gingival flap surgery to reduce periodontal pockets as well as bone grafting to help restore any bone that has been lost as a result of the disease.
Contact Dental Associates of Basking Ridge
One of the best ways to get ahead of gum disease is to make sure you go to the dentist twice a year. At Dental Associates of Basking Ridge, we can identify any signs of the early stages of gum disease and help you seek treatment if needed. Our experienced team of dentists and hygienists has the skill and knowledge it takes to help you with the treatment of gum disease. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.