Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults. One reason that gum disease destroys dental health so severely is that many people do not recognize or act on the early warning signs of gum disease.
Gum disease is a bacterial infection that takes hold in the gum tissue surrounding the teeth. Destructive baceteria cause inflammation of the gum tissue, causing it to become reddened, inflammed and bleeds easily. Over time, these bacteria invade the healthy bone tissue surrounding the teeth, causing bone loss. In advanced periodontal disease, bone loss and gum recession become so severe, that teeth become loose, painful and infected.
The Early Signs of Gum Disease
The first sign of gum disease is often overlooked by patients. Reddened, irritated gum tissue which bleeds easily is often the first sign that destructive bacteria are present. This stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis, and is the only stage which is completely reversible. If your dentist diagnoses you with gingivitis, it is important to follow her recommendations for treatment in order to prevent the disease from progressing and causing serious dental problems in the future. At A+ Dental, Dr. Babaloui makes the early detection of gum disease a top priority. Treatment for gingivitis often involves special instructions for home care as well as a thorough dental cleaning. Antibacterial mouth rinse is often prescribed in order to help eliminate destructive bacteria. Patients who follow instructions for reversing gingivitis most often find that they can reverse the disease and prevent future problems.
Advanced Gum DIsease
If gum disease is detected after damage to the gums and bone tissue has begun, more intensive dental treatment is often needed in order to stop the progression of disease and preserve the teeth and gums. Dr. Babaloui will provide a series of highly specialized dental cleaning procedures which can help remove bacteria from beneath the gum line. An antibiotic application can be used to help eliminate or reduce destructive bacteria. Special instructions for personal oral hygiene will be recommended, as well as antibacterial oral rinse. Dr. Babaloui will recommend close follow up on the progress of the treatment.
Preventing Tooth Loss From Gum Disease
The best way to prevent tooth loss from gum disease is to take good care of your teeth at home, and maintain regular dental check-ups and cleanings. To get started on the path to a healthy smile for life, contact Dr. Babaloui at A+ Dental and schedule your new patient appointment today.