Bacteria are always present in your mouth and can lead to periodontal disease (gum disease). Depending on how well your body and immune system fight infection, you may be more susceptible to gum disease. In fact, depending on what else is happening with your general health, your body’s ability to fight off gum infections can actually change from day to day.
A very obvious indication of periodontal infection is gums that bleed when they’re touched. At this point, bacteria and toxins in your mouth have basically overwhelmed your immune system, and the gum tissue around your tooth becomes inflamed.
The real danger here is that these toxins attach and become embedded to the root surface of the tooth. Left untreated, these toxins will gradually cause the bone that surrounds your teeth to deteriorate. Unfortunately, this bone loss is permanent, and if it continues, it will result in tooth loss since there will be nothing left to support them.
Stop Gum Disease Before It Starts
Improper oral hygiene is one of the primary causes of periodontal infections. You may be brushing and flossing regularly, but you want to make sure that your efforts aren’t wasted. During your cleaning, our hygienist will be happy to show you the brushing and flossing techniques that will help you get the most out of your daily oral hygiene.
Getting a regular cleaning at Keech Family Dentistry is one of the easiest, most cost-effective ways to avoid gum disease. During every cleaning, our hygienist will check your teeth and gums for signs of infection. With early detection, gum disease can be controlled without surgery.
Periodontal Disease Treatment
If we find that you have gum disease, a thorough cleaning by our skilled hygienisst may be all that’s needed to restore your gums to a healthy state. If necessary, our hygienist will also apply a topical antibiotic that continues to fight infection after your cleaning.
For more advanced stages of gum disease, we will perform a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. Scaling eliminates plaque and tartar that sit on your teeth, collect bacteria, and cause inflammation. Root planing smooths the root of your tooth, removing surfaces of the root where bacteria collect.
Gum Disease and Your General Health
Gum disease is not just a serious oral health problem. Your oral health has a direct correlation to your general health. Chronic periodontal infections put your well-being at risk because they contribute to heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, and even pregnancy complications.
With proper care and regular dental cleanings, you may never have to worry about periodontal disease. If it’s been a while since your last cleaning, we encourage you to give us a call to arrange an appointment.
At Keech Family Dentistry, you don’t have to worry that we’ll judge you by your oral health care or lecture you about what you may or may not be doing right. We don’t worry as much about where your oral health has been as where it’s going starting today.