Dental Gum Disease and Periodontal Dentistry
Gingivitis (gum disease)
We want all our patients to enjoy a healthy smile and create awareness to their oral health. All those who do not want their smile to lose its shine, should give utmost attention towards their dental health. Please don’t ignore changes to your gums as they may lead to more problems in the days to come and may pose serious health complications if you don’t pay heed to your problems. Healthy gums appear pink and firm and if you notice a change of color or they feel inflamed, then you may have gingivitis. Gingivitis if left untreated, can escalate into periodontitis or advanced gum disease.(see below).
What are the symptoms of gingivitis?
- occasional swelling or inflammation of the gums
- bleeding gums after brushing or flossing
- itchy gums
- bright red or purple gums
- shiny appearance to gums
- mouth sores
How is gingivitis treated?
If you do have gingivitis, it can be treated and eventually prevented by doing a few simple things:
- having your teeth regularly and professionally cleaned
- following a strict oral hygiene regimen
- using anti-bacterial rinses
- quitting smoking (smoking is a high risk factor and increases the chance of sum disease)
Periodontitis (advanced gum disease)
Periodontitis is advanced gum disease. Aside from gingivitis, there are other factors that can contribute to the periodontitis, including:
- genetic factors
- uncontrolled diabetes
What are the signs of Periodontitis?
- symptoms include those of gingivitis
- a metallic taste
- receding gums
- enlarged spaces between the teeth and gums
- severe halitosis (bad breath)
- loose teeth (from loss of bone)
How is periodontitis treated?
Periodontitis can lead to tooth loss and should be taken seriously. If caught in the preliminary stages, it can be effectively treated by:
- removing bacterial plaque by scraping or sonic vibrations
- use of antibiotic solutions
A lot of patients brush their teeth with a bit too much vigor, resulting in tooth sensitivity.
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