If you have gums that bleed easily when you brush or look inflamed and discolored, you may have the earliest stage of periodontal disease. Immediate treatment from a dentist like Dr. Josh Haycock is essential for you to reverse your condition and restore your oral health. If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause permanent damage to your smile.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease, also called “gum disease,” is a chronic infection of the gums. This condition happens when you don’t brush and floss properly, and bacteria begin to build up in your mouth.
Over time, these bacteria will form into plaque and tartar, which will begin building up between your teeth and gums. Eventually, these bacteria will attack and infect your gums. Initially, this just causes minor issues like swelling of the gums, gum tenderness, and inflammation/discoloration.
Eventually, though, this will cause irreversible damage to your gums and the roots and other support structures of your teeth. This is why it’s essential to get help ASAP if you think you have periodontal disease.
The Signs Of Periodontal Disease
The first signs of gingivitis, the initial stage of periodontal disease, are gum swelling and inflammation, tenderness of the gums, bad breath, and bleeding when brushing or flossing. Halitosis (bad breath) also may occur.
If your gum disease is more serious (periodontitis), you may also notice issues like gum recession, which causes your teeth to look longer, and a lot of sensitivity in your teeth and gums. Your gums may bleed very heavily when you brush or floss.
The last stage of gum disease, called “advanced periodontitis” typically causes symptoms like pain when chewing, a change in how your teeth fit together, loosening or loss of multiple teeth, pus forming between the gums and teeth, and a foul taste in the mouth.
Deep Cleaning For Periodontal Disease
Deep cleaning (scaling & root planing) is the initial treatment used for most patients with gum disease.
In this procedure, Dr. Haycock will use special dental tools to clean deeply between your gums and teeth and remove bacteria-filled plaque and tartar. The roots will also be smoothed out to help prevent periodontal “pockets” of bacteria from forming.
Along with antibiotics, this is often enough to resolve minor-to-moderate cases of periodontal disease. Contact Auburn Hills Family Dentistry now to get the help you need.
Ongoing Care & Periodontal Maintenance
Gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, can be reversed with deep cleaning and proper at-home oral care. But if your gum disease progresses to the second or third stage, it can never be completely eliminated.
However, it can be controlled. Regular ongoing care and periodontal maintenance appointments every 3-4 months are usually required at Auburn Hills Family Dentistry. These treatments are similar to a deep cleaning, and allow Dr. Haycock to clean your teeth and gums, and ensure that your periodontal disease is being managed properly.