GENERAL PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF GUM DISEASE
Gum Disease in Arlington Heights, IL
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common but serious problem. Maintaining good oral health means keeping your mouth free of decay and disease. At Smiles for Families, we take pride in providing comprehensive preventative care to help protect your family from gum disease.
There are two kinds of gum disease: Gingivitis and Periodontitis. Gingivitis is the type of gum disease that only affects the soft tissue surrounding the teeth. Periodontitis is more severe and is the type of gum disease that has spread below the gum line and causes damage to the tissue and bone that supports our teeth.
What can I do to help prevent gum disease?
When trying to prevent disease of any kind, nothing is more important that thorough and consistent preventative care. In the case of gum disease, this means proper at-home dental care and regular visits to your dentist.
A professional cleaning and comprehensive dental exam performed at the dentist’s office is a great way to track your mouth and gum health over time as well as rid your mouth of disease-causing bacteria and buildup.
Here are some common gum disease symptoms to look out for:
- Consistent bad breath that won’t go away
- Swollen, red gums that easily bleed or feel tender
- Pain when chewing
- Sensitive or loose teeth
- Receding gum line
How is gum disease treated?
If this condition is left untreated, inflammation caused by infection can lead to deterioration of the gums and supporting bone over time. This deterioration can cause tooth loss as well as the recession of gums, which can be painful.
Treatment of gum disease is ultimately treatment designed to control infection. Depending on the severity of gum disease, your dental care provider will create a personalized treatment plan that may include medications, deep cleanings, or surgical treatments. Your dentist will also provide at-home care instructions.
Schedule a visit to see your dental care provider if you are exhibiting gum disease symptoms and have concerns.