In our previous post, we asked you to answer some questions about your risk of gum disease.
In case you missed it, we’ll review some common symptoms and risk factors.
We’ll also discuss how our team at Advanced Dental Center of Florence can treat gum infections without surgery.
We’ll also review the steps you can take to prevent periodontal disease. If you live in or near Florence, SC, that should include regular cleanings and exams at our office. If you haven’t scheduled your next dental appointment, then you should call us today at 843-627-4076.
Symptoms & Risk Factors
Let’s start with a reminder. Your gums should look pink and feel firm to the touch. Your gums should not bleed.
If you have red, swollen gums or gums that bleed when you brush, then you likely have gingivitis, which is the mild form of gum disease.
Your risk of advanced gum disease increases as you get older. This is called periodontitis, and according to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of Americans 30 years and older have some form of periodontitis.
This can only be treated with professional care, and you should plan to visit us as soon as you can if you notice any of these symptoms:
- Gums that bleed easily
- Lingering bad breath
- Pus leaking from under your gums
- Pockets forming between your teeth and gums
- Sore, tender, or painful gums
- Changes in your bite or how your teeth fit together
- Teeth that feel loose
To get rid of the infection in your gums, we take a multi-faceted approach to treatment.
The first step is a procedure called scaling and root planing. This is a deep cleaning similar to what we do during a routine cleaning except we are going below the gumline. We do this to remove plaque and tartar that has formed on the roots of teeth. Then, we smooth out the surface of the roots once they are clean.
To take care of any bacteria left behind, we may prescribe antibiotics and recommend an antiseptic mouth rinse. This comprehensive approach is effective in a vast majority of cases.
Maintaining Your Healthy Smile
To keep your mouth free of gum disease, it’s essential that you practice good oral health habits.
You should be brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time. The American Dental Association recommends using a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste with fluoride.
Likewise, you should be flossing every day. This is necessary to keep bacteria from building up in the places your toothbrush can’t clean.
The third part of this process is making regular visits to the Advanced Dental Center of Florence for professional cleanings and exams. During these visits, we’ll remove any plaque or tartar buildup that we find. We’ll also be watching for any early symptoms of gum disease and other oral health problems.
By finding a problem early, the treatment is easier and more effective for you.