Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth? You may be developing gingivitis, which is a predecessor to periodontitis, or gum disease. Periodontitis is a fairly common disease, affecting 3 million Americans each year. However, in the late stages of the disease, it can lead to tooth loss and gum recession.
Signs of Gum Disease
Gum disease can increase the risk of multiple conditions such as:
- Gum swelling
- Halitosis (Bad breath)
- Gum recession
- Shifting teeth
- Loose teeth
- Cardiovascular disease
- Heart attacks
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, call Dentistry of the Queen City in Charlotte, NC today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Greg Reece will work with you to find an effective treatment option for you and your specific needs.
Treating Gum Disease
There are surgical and non-surgical treatments to help lessen the symptoms of periodontitis. Non-surgical treatment can include antibiotics, scaling, and root planing. Topical or oral antibiotics can help eliminate bacteria that is causing infection. Scaling using a laser or ultrasonic device also removes bacteria and tartar from the mouth. Root planing helps to remove bacteria causing inflammation by smoothing tooth roots.
Surgical treatments for periodontitis include pocket reduction or flap surgery, bone grafting, and tissue regeneration. Flap surgery exposes roots for more effective scaling and planing by lifting back gum tissue. Bone grafting is needed when gums recede as a result of gum disease. This procedure holds the affected tooth in place and can promote regrowth.
How to Prevent Gum Disease
There are several key preventative measures that you can take to ensure the health of your teeth and gums. Visiting the dentist twice a year for regular tooth cleanings can help you maintain your oral health. Of course, at-home care is just as important. Brushing and flossing twice a day, and even after meals, is the best way to prevent problems like gingivitis from developing into periodontitis.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Prevent gum disease at the source. Call Dentistry of the Queen City at 704.486.8911 for a consultation with Dr. Reece. He will guide you through the treatment process, whether you have gingivitis or periodontitis.