Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection of the gums and tissues that support your teeth. It is caused most often by the build-up of plaque and tartar when teeth are not routinely brushed and flossed.
What increases my risk?
You may be at risk for gum disease if any of the following apply to you:
- Tobacco and alcohol use
- Systematic diseases
In addition, the following types of prescription drugs may also increase the risk of gum disease. Talk with Dr. Robert Bowman or Dr. Derek DeVries if you are taking:
- Cancer therapy drugs
- Oral contraceptives
- An anti-epilepsy drug
- A calcium channel blocker
Periodontal disease is a constant, dynamic condition. In its early stages, which are regularly known as gingivitis, the indications can be fairly mellow. You might have delicate gum tissue. Your gums may seem darker in shading or may look swollen. You may encounter bleeding when you brush or floss. Here at the Springs we realize that it can be anything but difficult to pass this over, however in the event that you have seen side effects like these, it is vital to call us and make an appointment as soon as possible. At this stage, basic measures like enhanced oral cleanliness, an expert cleaning, and an antimicrobial mouthwash can invert the course of the disease.
As the illness advances, your side effects will turn out to be more serious. You may have terrible breath. Your teeth may feel free. You may have excess gum tissue around your teeth. In the long run, your gums will recede, uncovering the foundations of your teeth, bringing on uncomfortable side effects, and expanding your danger for rot. Without treatment, you will begin to lose teeth.
Less serious instances of periodontitis can regularly be treated with nonsurgical measures, such as scaling and root planing. This profound cleaning methodology expels tartar and microbes from underneath the gum line and keeps it from returning. In more serious cases, we may prescribe surgical medications to take care of the pockets around your teeth with the goal that microscopic organisms cannot get in. Gum grafting may also be necessary to restore harmed tissue.