What to do if you have Gum Disease
December 2, 2016
Common signs of gum disease often go ignored by dental patients. But puffy, receding gums and bleeding gums are not normal and should be taken seriously. If you’ve noticed consistent bad breath in spite of brushing and flossing, or if your gums are inflamed, you may be experiencing signs of gum disease.
If so, take the following steps:
See the dentist immediately - If you notice any of the above issues in your own smile, it’s important to see a dentist as soon as you can to prevent the spread of soft tissue infection and worsening of existing symptoms. The sooner you schedule a dental appointment, the healthier your smile will be in the long run.
Ask about treatment options – There is more than one way to improve soft tissue health, but the recommended treatments for your condition are based off the severity of the disease and symptoms. Preliminary issues like puffy, irritated, and bleeding gums can be corrected with less invasive treatment options. More serious issues like severe gum recession and bone loss need to be targeted effectively with surgical intervention. Dr. Bowen can recommend specialized dental care, if necessary, based on your oral health status at the time of your appointment.
Maintain soft tissue health – Once the balance of dental health between teeth and soft tissue has been improved, it’s important to ensure that the scales don’t tip back in the other direction. Prevent re-infection of soft tissue by returning for teeth cleaning appointments more frequently until your dentist tells you that you can go back to traditional twice-a-year appointments. This maintenance portion of your treatment plan can also include patient education on better ways to brush and floss teeth at home.
Invest in the right dental tools – If you have appliances like bonded permanent retainers, fixed dentures, or bridges, learning how to efficiently clean around them helps to prevent the accumulation of debris, plaque, and bacteria that contribute to periodontitis. This might call for floss threaders, water piks, and mini brushes that clean between teeth. Patients who don’t have any of these hurdles, but still struggle with periodontal problems, may want to invest in a gum stimulator. All of these steps help in improving at-home oral health practices and stave off gum disease in the long run.
Solutions to Gum Disease Issues with Dr. Bowen
Our office is equipped to keep your smile healthier year round with gum disease treatments that are non-invasive and incorporate modern technology. For more information on reversing signs of gum disease and how to keep your smile healthy, contact our Glendora dental office for your treatment options.