Living With And Managing Gum Disease

by on June 20, 2019
Posted in blog, Gum Disease

Gum Disease TreatmentIf you have poor dental hygiene habits, it can lead to gum disease. Gum disease is where the gums become infected from the bacteria found in plaque and tartar deposits. The gums can become sore, swollen, and even bleed.

If you fail to have your teeth cleaned to remove plaque and tartar and treat this early stage of gum disease, it will continue to progress through several stages. At each stage, the disease becomes progressively worse. Eventually, if you do nothing, your teeth can fall out, you can have a severe gum infection, and experience significant jaw bone density loss.

The first stage is referred to as gingivitis. This is the only stage where treatment can effectively help reverse the effects of gum disease. Treatment involves removing the plaque buildup along the gumline, treating any infection, and following a regular treatment plan.

A regular treatment plan could include bi-annual visits to your dentist, brushing teeth twice a day, and flossing once a day. Your dentist may also recommend using an anti-plaque/anti-bacteria mouth wash.

The second stage is referred to as periodontitis. At this stage, the gum tissue has started to recede and pull away from the teeth. The underlying fibrous tissue and tooth bone structures are damaged. Your gum tissue will develop pockets in between each tooth that is below the actual gumline.

Plaque, food particles, and tartar can all get trapped in these pockets which can lead to further damage. At this stage, the damage is not fully reversible any longer. Instead, your treatment plan will require preventative steps to stop the disease from worsening.

Typical preventative treatment plans include visiting your dentist three or four times a year to have your teeth, gums, and the gum pockets cleaned. Your dentist may also prescribe an antibiotic to treat any infection.

You will also need to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day, sometimes more. You may need to use an approved mouth was twice a day as well to help control plaque and bacteria.

The third stage is referred to as advanced periodontists. This is the last stage of gum disease and the most severe. At this point, the fibrous tissue and tooth bone structures have been destroyed. Teeth can become loose and fall out.

There is currently no way to reverse the advanced effects of gum disease. In some cases, teeth may need to be pulled because they can no longer be saved. Treatment plans at this stage use very aggressive approaches.

If you suspect you have gum disease, starting a treatment plan now can prevent it from advancing into later stages and causing further damage. Please feel free to call Kennedy Square Dental at (905) 789-7339 to book an appointment today! We even offer late evening and weekend hours to fit with your busy schedule.

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