Beaumont Gum Disease Treatment
If you haven’t given gum disease much thought, it’s time for you to consider it -- for the sake of your oral health. It’s estimated that 75 percent of Americans over the age of 35 are dealing with the condition. When left untreated, gum disease (also known as periodontitis) can have a big impact on your overall well-being. Keep reading to learn more about the condition, including its side effects, prevention and treatment.
All About Gum Disease
Gum disease is an infection in the gum tissue, and it occurs in a series of stages. In the beginning, it’s known as gingivitis and can often be reversed with extra-vigilant oral hygiene. Left untreated, however, gum disease quickly escalates and leads to a number of more serious issues. Some of the most common side effects are listed below.
Side Effects of Gum Disease
Treat gum disease early to prevent the development of these side effects.
- Chronic bad breath
- Red, swollen, tender gums
- Painful chewing
- Eventual tooth loss
These are just a few of the effects of gum disease. The condition has also been linked to cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and stroke. The conclusion? Maintain your gum health for your general well-being.
Preventing Gum Disease
It’s simple to keep gum disease away. Brushing for two minutes, at least twice a day, flossing daily and visiting your dentist for twice-annual checkups will go far in keeping your gums healthy and infection-free. Kicking the habit will also greatly reduce your risk of developing the disease (and many others).
Treatment for Gum Disease: Scaling and Root Planing
Prevention is easy, but if you’re one of the majority of Americans suffering from gum disease, don’t wait to seek treatment. When you, Dr. Olson will evaluate the condition and recommend the best option to return your gums back to their optimal health. Most cases of gum disease are best treated with something we call scaling and root planing.
Scaling and root planing is like a deep cleaning for your teeth and gums. It’s a non-surgical, two-pronged approach that thoroughly removes the plaque, tartar and bacteria that cause inflammation.
To perform the treatment, you’ll first have your teeth scaled -- a process that involves removing plaque and tartar from the tooth and just below the gumline. Then, root planing further decreases inflammation with a special tool that reaches far below the gumline to remove harmful material from the surface of the root.
Early Treatment Crucial for Good Oral Health
Scaling and root planing is a relatively fast, effective treatment for gum disease that can correct the problem in just one visit. But as gum disease advances to later stages, simple treatment becomes less and less possible, and more visits to the dentist will be necessary.
If you suspect you’re suffering from the condition, don’t put off a visit to your dentist. Dr. Olson can evaluate your need for gum disease treatment and help you enjoy a happy, healthy smile once again! Contact us to schedule your appointment today.