Gingivitis or inflammation in your gums is the result of bacterial infection. If unaddressed, it may lead to a more severe gum infection called periodontitis. Both of them are the major causes of loss of teeth in adults.
These gum diseases may lead to a series of dental infections and may also interfere with your overall health. If you notice any signs or symptoms of gum disease, visit our clinic immediately to seek suitable treatment.
What Are the Causes of Gum Diseases?
Both gingivitis and periodontitis are caused by the excessive accumulation of plaque and tartar in your mouth. Plaque or a thin film of bacteria hardens over time and turns into tartar. When the accumulation of plaque extends beneath your gum line, it develops into an infection.
If left untreated, it may cause your gums to separate from your teeth, resulting in injury to your soft tissues and bone supporting your teeth. Ultimately, you may lose your teeth.
What Are the Symptoms of Gum Diseases?
In many cases, you may not be aware that you have gum disease. Always keep checking for red, tender, or swollen gums or other symptoms like bleeding from your gums, receding gums away from your gum line, loose teeth, sensitive teeth, pus between your teeth, foul-smelling breath, etc.
How Are Gum Diseases Treated?
When you visit our clinic for the treatment of gum disease, we will examine your mouth to check the extent of the accumulation of plaque and tartar. We will recommend professional dental cleaning from above and below your gum line. Professional dental cleaning includes two steps – scaling and root planing.
In scaling, we use a handheld dental instrument to remove the accumulation of tartar and plaque from your teeth. We also reach between the gaps in your teeth to check for the accumulation of food residues and other substances. After scaling, we gush water in your mouth to remove the leftover substances.
Root planing includes smoothing the rough spots on the surface of your teeth. This step removes the buildup of bacteria, thus providing a clean surface for your gums to reattach to your teeth. This step is a must if your gum disease has advanced to periodontitis.
What Is Aftercare for Gum Treatment?
After your gum treatment, you are supposed to follow a proper oral care routine, including brushing, flossing, and rinsing your teeth. Visit us for professional dental cleaning 3-4 times a year.
Please reach out to our dental practice at W Railroad Ave Plains, MT, to have a consultation with our dentists. Please call us at (406) 215-4705 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.