Gum Disease Treatment: Receeding Gums options
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Gum disease is the major cause of tooth loss in patients over 40 years old. The progression of the disease is slow and creeping and its onset may not be realised until its too lateGum disease, also known as periodontal disease, affects 75% of americans over the age of 35.
Gum disease is also the main cause for losing teeth. Luckily, simple and consistent oral hygiene - brushing and flossing your teeth daily - combined with dental check-ups every six months, can keep your gums healthy and stop or reverse gum disease that has already started.
Your mouth is full of bacteria. Some are harmless, but some coat the teeth and become plaque. Left alone, plaque hardens into tartar, sometimes in only 24 hours. Tartar is nasty stuff that harbors toxins released by the bacteria, and it is these toxins that attack the gums. Only a dentist or dental hygienist can remove tartar.The Surgeon General has called gum disease "the silent disease" because it progresses so slowly and rarely causes pain until far too late. In the first stage of gum disease, gingivitis, the gums become red, swollen and sore, but different people react differently. You might feel pain, bleed when you floss, or see that your gums are puffy, but you might notice nothing at all. The good news is that we can prevent, reverse and cure gingivitis.
Good oral hygiene with frequent check-ups and cleanings can stop gum disease at this early stage.In the second stage of gum disease, periodontitis, the gums become redder, more swollen, and much more tender, and begin to recede.
As the gums recede, pockets form between tooth and gum, creating nesting places for more bacteria to enter and multiply, leading to further recession of the gums, bigger pockets, and larger portions of the tooth exposed. Progressively, the tooth becomes weaker and unsupported. Eventually, the tooth may need to be removed. In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth extractions. Periodontitis is not as easy as gingivitis to eradicate.
Do You Have Gum Disease?
Always visit your dentist twice a year. Regular examinations offer your best chance to detect the earliest stage of gum disease. However, between check-ups, you might look for these symptoms:
- Gums that bleed during and after flossing or brushing
- Gums that are red, swollen or tender
- Bad breath you can't get eliminate or a bad taste in your mouth
- Receding gums
- Deep pockets between teeth and gums
- Teeth that are loose or that have shifted
- Changes to your bite or the way your teeth or partial dentures fit together
Treating Gum Disease
In the early stages of gum disease, your dentist may recommend more frequent teeth cleanings. Your dentist or dental hygienist will remove the tartar that has accumulated around your teeth. You may be given special toothpastes or mouthwashes to help fight progressive tartar build-up. In the later stages of the gum disease, you may need scaling or root planing (SRP). Scaling and root planing remove tartar (both above and below the gum line) and make the tooth smoother (rough areas are favorite spots for tartar and bacteria). A smoother surface helps the gum to reattach itself and promotes healing. Sometimes drugs may be used in conjunction with scaling and root planing to repel bacteria and promote oral health. Severe bone damage may necessitate surgery or tooth extraction.
Of course, nothing beats prevention. If your gums are healthy, keep up your good oral hygiene. If you have gum disease, no matter which stage, begin and maintain good oral hygience. Floss daily, brush twice a day, and visit the dentist regularly.
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