Are your gums sore and swollen? Do they bleed when you brush your teeth? These symptoms could be the onset of gingivitis – early gum disease. If you ignore these symptoms, gingivitis could escalate into a more serious condition called periodontal disease. For the most part, you can avoid gum problems by following a good oral hygiene routine and scheduling periodic dental cleanings. If you do develop gum disease, Dr. Yvonne Caton-Hospedales from Your Smile Dental Wellness Center, McDonough, Georgia, can relieve gum inflammation and tooth pain through periodontal disease treatment.
The leading cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing help to control plaque and bacteria buildup on your gums and teeth that can lead to gum disease. Smoking also puts you at risk of gum disease, damaging your gum tissue and weakening your body’s ability to heal, leaving you more susceptible to bacterial infections. Lastly, if your family has a history of gum problems, you could be predisposed to periodontal issues.
The symptoms aren’t so noticeable in the early stages of gum disease, but your McDonough dentist can forewarn you of the presence of gum infection during a routine exam and cleaning. As gum disease progresses, your symptoms will be more obvious. Unfortunately, the damage has already occurred to your teeth and gums by that time. If caught early enough, your symptoms can be reversed to restore oral health. That’s why it’s important to schedule biannual dental visits.
Some signs to watch out for to indicate you may have a gum infection are:
Advanced gum disease can eventually lead to losing permanent teeth.
Dr. Caton-Hospedales offers the following treatments for gum disease:
Gum disease treatment aims to eliminate painful symptoms and restore health to your gums and teeth. Until your condition is under control, we may recommend quarterly cleanings to protect the integrity of your gums and teeth.