One of the most prevalent conditions in many patients when it comes to their oral health is gum disease. It’s a common condition that is anything from gum inflammation, to actually losing your teeth and significant bone and tissue damage that follows this as well. How can you recognise it though? Well obviously, you can go to the dentist to get a second opinion, but here are a few ways to recognize that there might be something wrong, and it might be time to go see the dentist to get the help.
For gingivitis, remember that it’s a milder form of gum disease. It’s an inflammation of the gums that’s caused by bacteria, which are all over in the mouth. This will build up with food particles and mucus that will form plaque. When this hardens into something called tartar, and you don’t go in for the cleanings that you need, this in turn will inflame the gums. With this, they’re red, swollen, bleed easily, but the teeth are usually unaffected.
In contrast periodontitis is when you don’t take care of the gingivitis and leave it untreated. Periodontitis is when the inflammation occurs around the tooth, and from there the gums will pull away from this. These spaces are often infected, and these bacteria can enter the bloodstream, which in turn will lead to the immune system’s response to fighting this. The teeth as well might loosen away, and they will have to be extracted.
Typically, you might have this if you notice your gums are red, swollen and tender, and that they bleed when you brush or floss. If your breath is bad and is persistent in being bad, then this is a sign. Receding gums is another one, and this will make the teeth look longer. Loose or sensitive teeth is another.
You can see the dentist and they will check this with the pocket test. This will determine whether the treatment is needed. The probe is pushed to measure the depth of these pockets on the sides, and on the middle of each tooth. If they’re between 1-3 mm, then they’re healthy, and if they’re deeper, you might need to get special treatment in this case, which is often a deep cleaning.
Now, to treat this, it’s simple. You can prevent this by brushing and flossing each day, and going to the dentist regularly. This can reverse it. If you smoke, quitting it also will help with the tooth and gum health. A deep cleaning, or a scaling and root planting, might be done as well. Scaling is when the tartar is removed from the tooth below the gum line. Root planing is when the bacteria and rough spots of the tooth are removed. It might result in medications and mouthwashes to help limit the bacteria. In severe instances, surgery might be necessary, since some teeth might have to be removed.
The best thing for you to do, is to pay attention to your gums and take care of your teeth. If you do see that there might be something there, go to the dentist and get the help that you need. With the right treatment, you can have gums that are healthy, teeth that look great, and a good, natural smile that will make you feel good as well. So, take care of it today, so that you can feel much better about yourself, and have the confidence that you so desire.
With gum disease, the best thing to do is to go see the dentist. It’s not something that you can truly wait on, because if you don’t take care of it now, it can end up totally messing you up, making everything worse, and you won’t be able to keep the teeth that you so have, causing more expensive treatments to come about as a result of everything. With all of this though, by taking care of it now, and by doing what you feel is right, you can reverse the damages of this, and you can in turn preserve the teeth and the smile that you know you have and the one that you do love.