Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease)
Receding and bleeding gums are a sign of a serious dental disease called periodontal disease. The leading cause of tooth loss in American adults, gum disease attacks the bone and gum tissue in the mouth, causing teeth to become loose and painful.
Gum disease begins as a mild inflammation of the gum tissue. Patients may notice that their gums bleed with brushing or flossing. Over time, and without treatment, gum disease can become advanced, leading to permanent damage of the teeth and gums.
Gum Disease Is A Bacterial Infection
Periodontal disease is caused by destructive bacteria which attack healthy tissue. Bacteria colonize and create inflammation which leads to loss of bone and gum recession. The most reliable way to treat gum disease is to detect it early and begin a treatment regimin which is designed to help eliminate the bacterial infection. During your dental exam, Dr. Babaloui will measure the depth of your gum tissue to identify "pockets" where bacteria can proliferate. She will examine your gums for signs of bacterial infection. In early gum disease, symptoms and damage can often be reversed. In advanced gum disease, the damage can be more difficult to repair and more extensive treatment may be required.
Treatment For Gum Disease
Once periodontal disease is identified, Dr. Babaloui will recommend a course of treatment designed to eliminate or lower bacteria counts to manageable levels. Some treatment methods include:
Deep dental cleaning
SRP (scaling and root planing) treatment
Antibiotic oral rinses
In severe cases of gum disease, you may be referred to a periodontal disease specialist .
In all cases of gum disease, diligent home care methods must be practiced in order to help elimate destructive bacteria. In addition to brushing and flossing, you may be prescribed special dental cleaning tools for home care, such as an electronic or ultrasonic toothbrush, flossing aids such as water-pik and prescription mouth rinse which helps kill bacteria.
Dr. B. has found that with early intervention, patients with mild to moderate periodontal disease experience good results from treatment. Acting early in the battle agains receding gums can help you preserve your natural teeth and ensure a lifetime of dental health.
For more information about gum disease, bleeding gums and receding gums, schedule a consultation with Dr. Babaloui.