Everything You Want To Know About Gum Disease
Gum Disease Scottsdale
When most people think of dental health, they focus on teeth. Though teeth are the most obvious dental structure, gums also play an important role in dental health. Gums are tissue that cover the base of the teeth and help secure the teeth in the mouth. Unhealthy gums can cause a range of dental issues including bad breath, loose teeth and tooth decay. To have a bright, attractive smile, a person needs to have gums that are both strong and healthy.
Causes of Gum Disease
Gum disease generally starts due to poor hygiene of the teeth and gums. Bacteria builds up in the mouth and grows on the teeth and gums. Gingivitis is a common type of gum disease and can cause bad breath and bleeding gums. Periodontist is a more serious form of gum disease where bacteria begins growing behind the gums. Periodontitis will cause gums to pull away from teeth and can increase the likelihood of developing an abscess.
As a person ages, the gums will recede from the teeth. However, many people have gums that recede too far due to gum disease or other problems. It can be difficult for the average person to determine when gums have receded to far, but gums should be checked by a dental professional on a regular basis. Other problem signs include gums that sensitive, discolored at the top, frequently bleed or do not fit snugly against the teeth. Whenever any of these problems present themselves, a person should see a dentist to have the problem examined.
Gum Disease Treatment
When gum problems are found, there are a number of available treatments. The first step is to get the teeth clean and keep them clean. A professional cleaning will remove plaque, tartar and other buildup on the tooth. Once the teeth are clean, a regular regiment of brushing, flossing and rinsing of the teeth and gums will reverse most occurrences of gum disease. Lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, reducing intake of sugary foods and drinks and managing diabetes and other illnesses can also help reduce the incidence and severity of gum disease. In severe cases that will not heal on their own, gum tissue can be grafted from one area of the mouth to another.
If you think you have gum disease and are in the Scottsdale or Downtown Phoenix area call our dental offices for help today!