Signs Of Gum Disease And How We Can Help
At Thorp Dental Center, located in Thorp, WI, Dr. Jon LaFlamme gives his patients the necessary information to help them maintain a healthy oral regimen. He understands that a disease like gum disease is a painful ordeal to have to deal with, but he also has the tools to help you avoid it or treat it.
Maintaining good oral hygiene is vital. Gum disease is when a bacteria attack your gums and causes inflammation. Your gums begin to recede, and you can have bone loss around your teeth and in severe cases loss of teeth altogether. You will experience gingivitis, which can be treated, evolve into periodontitis, which is a severe gum disease.
Causes of gum disease
According to your Thorp dentist, gum disease is related to poor oral hygiene. When a person neglects to take care of themselves, the body begins to suffer. Here are a few things that may lead to gum disease:
- When you don't brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once
- Choosing to eat unhealthy foods containing sugars, which can lead to the accumulation of plaque
- Chewing tobacco and smoking can also lead to gum disease, one of many issues they cause
- Skipping bi-annual doctor's appointments with your dentist
Symptoms of gum disease
You may not know you have gum disease at an early stage if you're not visiting your dentist, here are a few symptoms:
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Redness or swelling of the gums
- Receding gums
- Periodontal abscess
- Loose teeth
Treatment of gum disease
There are a few treatment options your doctor may provide you with, here are some:
- Manually removing plaque by scaling, root planning or debridement.
- Applying antimicrobial products to assist in the healing process of periodontal disease.
- Periodontal surgery may be required depending on the severity of your gum disease
Your gums are just as important as any part of your body. If you have questions or concerns about gum disease or gum disease therapy, call Dr. Jon LaFlamme at Thorp Dental Center serving Boyd, Cadott, Chippewa Falls, Gilman, Greenwood, Owen, Stanley, Thorp, Withee, and surrounding Wisconsin communities.