At Creative Smiles, we understand the very real threat that gum disease poses on our patients. Many American’s have developed it and it puts them at extreme risk for other systematic health issues if they don’t receive effective periodontal therapy from their dentist in Columbus. It’s important to be able to recognize the signs of gum disease so that you can seek therapeutic treatments to help improve your gum health. We’re happy to explain the symptoms of gum disease and how we can help you get your oral health back on track.
Do you have gum disease?
It may be helpful to your dental and systematic health to ask yourself these questions if you think your gums may be diseased.
- Are your gums red and swollen?
- Are your gums tender during your dental hygiene routine?
- Do you notice blood—even a little—while you’re brushing or flossing?
- Have you noticed puss along your gum line or between your teeth?
- Do your permanent teeth feel loose?
- Are your gums starting to recede and show the roots of your teeth?
- Do you see pockets or bulges along your gum line?
- Do you have bad breath no matter what you do?
Gum Disease and Your Overall Health
Research has shown that advanced gum disease is associated with several other diseases that affect much more than your mouth. Studies show that having gum disease increases your risk of developing severe health complications like strokes, diabetes, and heart disease. The state of your teeth and gums affects your overall health. Simple brushing, flossing, and keeping regular dental appointments can improve your overall health.
Treatments for Gum Disease
There are different ways to approach gum disease depending on the severity of each case. If one of our dental professionals notice that you have mildly inflamed gums, he may recommend that you come in for more frequent, thorough cleanings.
If frequent professional cleanings aren’t reversing the effects of gum disease, we may provide you an in-depth, non-surgical cleaning known as scaling and root planing with our soft tissue laser. Sometimes we can accompany this treatment with Arestin antibiotic therapy.
Dental scaling is the most common nonsurgical way to treat gum disease or its advanced form, periodontal disease. Your family dentist in Columbus will use our advanced soft tissue laser to effectively remove harmful plaque from your teeth and beneath your pocketed gum line. Sometimes, if your gums are extremely infected, we will also remove the infected tissue.
This step makes it easier for your rejuvenated, healthy gums to grow back and reattach to your teeth. Your dentist will smooth the surfaces of your tooth roots. Root planing also prevents further infection down the road.
Get the Dental Care You Need
If gum disease is left untreated, it will continue to advance and drag down your oral health. Bad oral health can lead to a decline in your overall health as well. To avoid these problems, practice good oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly. Contact us today to make your appointment.