We Can Help You Win The Fight Against Gum DiseaseFebruary 2, 2017
Do you use tobacco? Do you have diabetes? Are you pregnant?
Is gum disease common in your family?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you have a higher risk of developing gum disease.
There’s no need to panic. You can find help in preventing and treating periodontal disease at our dentist office in Chicago.
We are taking some time to discuss gum disease since February is also Gum Disease Awareness Month. If you would like to keep your mouth free of periodontal problems, schedule a visit to Northalsted Dental Spa by calling 773-245-2779 or contacting us online.
Learn The Signs Of Gum Disease
If your gums were causing you pain, you would probably recognize that something is wrong and seek help. Unfortunately, pain is usually one of the last symptoms of gum disease.
Periodontal infections can grow gradually for a long time before you realize anything is wrong. You can help yourself by learning the signs of gum disease that you are more likely to see before the pain begins.
Let’s start with healthy gums. They typically look pink and feel firm.
If your gums start looking redder than normal or appear swollen, these are early signs of gingivitis, which is the mild form of gum disease.
Another common symptom of gingivitis is bleeding gums. Too often people will ignore this when it should be seen as a clue that something is wrong. Often it is a good indicator that you may not be brushing or flossing as often as you should.
If you don’t take action to treat your gingivitis, it can turn into periodontitis, which is the advanced form of gum disease.
People with periodontitis may experience these symptoms:
▪︎ Gums that bleed easily
▪︎ Constant bad breath
▪︎ Separation between gums and teeth
▪︎ Sore, tender, or painful gums
▪︎ Loose teeth
You may not know that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. In the latter stages, your infection can begin to eat into the bone that holds your teeth in place.
This combined with receding gums makes it more likely that your teeth will fall out.
If you notice any of the symptoms mentioned above, we encourage you to make an appointment at our Chicago dentist office as soon as you can. Call us at 773-245-2779.
Gum Disease Treatment
We would prefer to help you prevent gum disease, but we are more than ready to provide gum disease treatment whenever it is needed.
At Northalsted Dental Spa, we used non-surgical gum disease treatments to help our patients.
For mild gum disease, a dental cleaning along with following the ADA guidelines for oral hygiene may be all you need. Remember to brush your teeth twice a day and to floss daily.
If the gum disease has progressed to a more moderate stage, we may recommend scaling and root planing. This is similar to the typical cleaning you receive during a routine visit.
The difference is that scaling and root planing goes deeper to remove plaque and tartar formations around the roots of your teeth.
For more advanced cases, we also may use a dental laser. The laser is used to remove infected tissue. This has the added benefit of sealing and protecting more of your healthy tissue.
Preventing Gum Disease
When your gums are clear of infection, we want to help you keep them healthy.
This is why we will be happy to discuss the proper brushing and flossing techniques with you.
Your home oral care routine will go a long way toward keeping gum disease under control. Brushing and flossing are how you remove bacteria that lead to gum infections and tooth decay.
We also welcome and encourage you to make regular visits to our dentist office for cleanings and exams.
This gives us an opportunity to remove plaque or tartar buildup and to find gum disease in the early stages when it is can be treated more easily and effectively.
We also want to make a note about tobacco use. There are many reasons you should avoid tobacco, and preventing gum disease is one of those reasons.
Tobacco users are more likely to develop gum disease than other people. The Centers for Disease Control reported that tobacco users are twice a likely to develop gum disease as nonsmokers.
To make matters worse, tobacco use weakens your gum tissue and your immune systems. This makes it more difficult to treat periodontal infections and makes it more likely that those infections will return.
Give Us A Call
Northalsted Dental Spa is here to help you fight gum disease. Just call 773-245-2779 or contact us online to make your next appointment.