Do you need gum disease treatment?
To determine if you are suffering from gum disease, go through the following common signs and symptoms:
- Swollen, red and tender gums
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums that seem to be getting worse with time
- Loose teeth
- Pus that is coming out from the teeth and gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Bad or metallic taste in the mouth
Although these symptoms may signify a different dental issue, it is important to consult a dentist if you experience any of them.
Unfortunately, many people do not know they have gum disease until the condition has advanced and their oral health has deteriorated. In order to take note of these warning signs and seek treatment, you need to schedule regular visits to your dentist. At Smiles on Queen, our family dentists always assess our patients and inform you if we notice any common signs of gum disease. Whether your gums bleed whenever you brush or floss your teeth, or they are swollen and tender, having a dentist provide professional advice can save you from losing your permanent teeth.
Treating gum disease at home
Periodontitis is a complex and multi-factorial disease. Many different factors will affect whether you will be susceptible to acquiring periodontitis, including hygiene, genetics, smoking, diabetes, hormonal changes, the bacterial profile of your individual mouth, and your vulnerability to autoimmune diseases. Once you have gum disease, with proper treatment, you can stop the disease in its tracks and prevent worsening of bone loss. Unfortunately, once the bone is lost, it cannot grow back, so the best you can do is prevent a worsening of the condition.
There are steps that you can take at home in order to reduce the symptoms of gum disease and prevent it from advancing further. For instance, a routine process like brushing and flossing teeth daily will go a long way in preventing gum disease from advancing further. This is because whenever you brush or floss your teeth, you reduce plaque buildup in your mouth. You may also use a mouthwash recommended by your dentist to reduce the bacteria responsible for gum disease and tooth decay.
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Treatment options for gum disease
At Smiles on Queen Dentistry, we offer a number of treatment options for those suffering from gum disease, depending on the severity of the condition. First, our dentist will evaluate the extent of damage caused by the diseased gum tissue. A full periodontal exam will be completed to evaluate the health of your gums and bones. You may be given local anesthesia to numb the area before treatment begins. Professional dental cleaning may be done to ensure any calculus (also known as tartar) is properly removed from beneath the gum pockets. Your dentist may also recommend antibiotics or antimicrobials to target the bacteria causing bone destruction.
If you are suffering from advanced gum disease, we may recommend procedures such as tissue regeneration, pocket elimination surgery or laser therapy to restore the damaged tissue.
At Smiles on Queen, we have qualified dentists who offer gum disease treatment. Our dentist will select a treatment option that is best suited for your needs and will restore your dental health.