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According to the CDC, approximately half of all adults over the age of 30 have some stage of gum disease.  Gum disease is progressive and gets worse over time without treatment. Fortunately, if it is treated early enough, it can be treated successfully with out tooth loss. Unfortunately, without treatment the result is ultimately tooth loss. If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, or your are experiencing breath odor, you should definitely learn more about gum disease and it's treatment.


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Gum Disease

Gum disease is caused by plaque. Plaque is that sticky film that you wake up with in the morning. It is made up of bacteria that have multiplied over night. The removal of this plaque is the reason that you need to brush and floss your teeth every day.  When this plaque is not removed, it organizes into a more solid structure called tartar that can cause some real damage to your gums and jawbone.

 

How to know if you have gum disease

If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, you have some stage of gum disease and should have a checkup to learn more about how to treat it. During your checkup you will have x rays taken to look at the bone level and you will have a gum exam.

 

Healthy Gums

Healthy gums don't bleed. They are usually a light pink and have a thin edge because they are not swollen and inflammed.

 

Early Gum Disease - Gingivitis

Gums that have an early form of gum disease start to become mildly inflammed. They may bleed when you floss. They may be a little darker pink and you my notice some mild swelling causeing the border to become more rounded. The treatment for gingivitis can range from a teeth cleaning to a deep cleaning in isolated areas.

 

Moderate Gum Disease

Gums that have moderate gum disease will be even more inflammed. They may bleed when you brush or floss your teeth. They will have some areas of tartar above and/or below the gums. The gums will appear noticeably darker pink to red in color between the teeth and more rounded. During your dental exam, there may be evidence of loss of jawbone that holds the teeth in place, as well as tartar visible on the x rays. The treatment for moderate gum disease will include either isolated deep cleaning, or whole mouth deep cleaning and may include the use of antibiotic therapies.

 

Advance Gum Disease

Gums that have advanced gums disease have experienced inflammation for a long period of time. The gums will be more red. They will bleed when you brush or floss them. The gums may have receded some and tartar may be visible. The teeth may be loose. During your dental checkup, there will be loss of jawbone that is holding in the teeth and tartar visible on the x ray. The treatment for advanced gum disease is usually surgical including the removal of hopeless teeth, surgical removal of tartar under the gums and bone grafting.

 

Gum disease can be dangerous to your overall health. The bacteria that is involved in gum disease increases inflammation in the body.  The bacteria that is involved in gum disease is also known to be involved in heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, and colon cancer and it is believed that there is a clear link between the diseases.

Deep Cleaning

Deep cleaning is the first line treatment for gum disease. Deep cleaning involves removing the tartar deposits from all of the surfaces of the teeth, above and below the gums.  To minimize any discomfort, the gums are usually numbed with anesthetic. The tartar is removed from the teeth with an ultrasonic cleaning tool and other instruments. Once the tartar is removed, the patient is monitored closely for the firsts several months to determine what other treatments may be needed to stop the progression of bone loss caused  gum disease. 

 

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All Smiles Dentistry | Catherine Mentesana,
✆ Phone (appointments): 972-525-8180
✆ Phone (general inquiries): 972-747-1996
Address: 604 West Bethany Drive, Suite 210, Allen, TX 75013