Take gingivitis and periodontitis seriously! The majority of us undoubtedly take satisfaction in the fact that we take daily care of our teeth by brushing and, preferably, flossing. Obviously, this is a positive development, but many of us certainly pay considerably less attention to the health of our gums.

When our gums get infected, we may not experience the same agony as a severe toothache, but they may still cause substantial discomfort and even lead to tooth loss if care is not done.

The good news is that gum disease can be prevented with just a little additional care, and frequent dental visits allow it to be treated in its early stages with a less intrusive procedure than would be required for its later stages.

What is Periodontitis?

When the quantity of dangerous bacteria in the mouth rises, gum disease occurs. This can be caused by a variety of factors. The most visible of them is poor dental hygiene, such as forgetting to routinely brush and floss. Smoking and excessive alcohol use are also likely to raise the risk, as are certain medical disorders such as diabetes. All of these factors contribute to the accumulation of plaque and tartar on our teeth, causing them to get infected.

What are the Signs and Symptoms?

There are a variety of gum disease symptoms, and it is possible to experience few or none at all. This is one of the reasons why we recommend that you visit a Carolina Dental hygienist every six months, or more frequently if you belong to a high-risk category.

As the condition progresses, certain symptoms become more likely, but you should still carefully examine the following.

Gums that are sore, painful, or inflamed.

Gums that bleed, especially after brushing your teeth

Between the teeth and gums is pus.

Halitosis (bad breath)

There are plenty of others, but these are among the most obvious. If you see any of these, please contact us to schedule a consultation for an evaluation of your gum health.

Preventing Gingivitis

In all likelihood, we will all experience some degree of gum disease over our lifetimes. This condition is often minor and may emerge when we have neglected our mouths more than normal. This might be the case if we have the flu or the common cold and are unable to perform everyday duties such as brushing our teeth. In most situations, however, our gum health will be restored once we resume proper brushing. However, if you have been unwell for a long time, it is prudent to visit the hygienist following your recovery, just to be cautious.

Gum disease prevention is rather simple, and we may boost our chances of avoiding it by brushing more effectively, ensuring that the bristles are angled at around 45 degrees to remove food debris and germs from below the gum line. Cessation of smoking and excessive alcohol intake will also have a significant favorable impact. Dehydration can also increase the number of germs in our mouths since there is less saliva to sweep them away; therefore, it is important to keep hydrated, particularly after consuming alcohol.

Treating Periodontitis

While gum disease prevention is essential to good oral health, we should all take advantage of Carolina Dental’s outstanding dental hygienist service to get our teeth thoroughly cleaned every six months. This aids in preventing the formation of tartar, a hardened accumulation of bacteria and mineral deposits that forms around the gumline. Additionally, the rough surface draws more germs, which increases the likelihood of gingivitis and periodontitis.

This therapy is extremely successful for mild to moderate gum disease; but, as the condition progresses, it becomes significantly more difficult to cure. In the advanced stages of gum disease, known as periodontitis, the infection affects not just the gums but also the tooth roots and surrounding bone. This can cause the teeth to become loose, unsteady, and finally fall out if left untreated. Root scaling and root planing are the primary treatments offered. This is a more difficult and intrusive method of removing germs from the tooth roots and bone tissue. This is one of the few therapies for gum disease available at this time, and there is no assurance of success; thus, considering how simple it is to prevent it from progressing to this point, there is no reason not to.

Please keep in mind that gum health is essential and that you should take care of them. If you do not already see a hygienist, we highly urge you to make it a regular part of your routine. You may schedule an appointment with a member of The Carolina Dental today.