Gum Disease Treatment Options
Half of the adults in the United States have some form of gum disease, or periodontitis, says the American Dental Association (ADA). What's the big deal about that? Well, gum disease leads to tooth loss and is linked to serious health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and dementia. For the best gum disease prevention and treatment in the Thorp, WI, area, see Dr. Jon LaFlamme at Thorp Dental Center.
How gum disease happens
Typically, it results from poor dental hygiene. Food residues collect between the teeth and under the gum line, forming soft plaque and hard tartar. Those biofilms, says the American Academy of Periodontology, contain toxic bacteria which inflame and infect gum tissue.
As gum disease progresses, your dentist will observe symptoms such as:
- Tenderness to touch
- Bad breath
- Receding gum tissue
- Gaps between teeth
- Changes in denture fit and dental bite
- Loose teeth
What you can do
Dr. LaFlamme offers many treatment options to heal gum disease. One of the easiest happens at home with improved oral hygiene habits and a healthy diet. That means:
- Once daily flossing
- Twice daily brushing
- Adequate hydration (several glasses of water a day)
- A low-sugar diet
- No smoking or chewing tobacco
- Limited alcohol consumption
Patients who have mild gum disease (gingivitis) respond well to this home routine when combined with semi-annual exams and hygienic cleanings at Thorp Dental Center. All these practices are great gum disease preventatives as well.
With more serious forms of periodontitis, the dentist in Thorp may advise more complex gum disease treatments such as deep cleaning and root planing (to scrape root surfaces clean), laser gum treatment (a no-suture removal of diseased tissue) or gum grafting to cover exposed roots with donor tissue or the patient's own gum tissue.
With any periodontal procedure, the objectives include removal of bacteria and diseased tissue and reduction of gum pockets, or the spaces between teeth and gums. If your dentist feels you would benefit from more frequent hygienic cleanings, or periodontal maintenance, he may suggest cleanings three or four times per year, rather than the standard semi-annual appointments. Your hygienist will routinely measure and chart your gum pocket depth.
For a healthy smile and a healthy you, take care of your gums. Dr. LaFlamme and his team at Thorp Dental Center can help. Call today for your check-up and cleaning, or contact us if you have concerns about your gums. Phone (715) 669-5330. We serve the areas of Boyd, Cadott, Chippewa Falls, Gilman, Greenwood, Owen, Stanley, Thorp, Withee and surrounding Wisconsin communities.