January 4, 2018
It’s an average start of the day for you. You get out of bed early in the morning and go through your normal routine of heading to the restroom to brush your teeth. While cleaning, you discover some blood in the sink and puffiness in your gums. You’re wondering, “What’s the cause of this?” Your dentist says that you may need gum disease treatment of Lincoln to prevent this from becoming a serious problem. Learn what some of the signs of gum disease are, what causes it and how your local professional can treat it.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is a condition that results from prolonged bacteria growth in your mouth. It is an infection that starts with mild symptoms and worsens if ignored. Here are the three phases:
- Gingivitis – Gingivitis is the condition that leads to gum disease. Its signs are bleeding, swollen and sometimes tender gums. This is the stage where you want to nip the problem in the bud because any damage done is still reversible.
- Periodontitis (Gum Disease) – This phase is where things really start to get dangerous, as you sustain permanent damage to the bone and tissue that surround your teeth.
- Advanced Periodontitis – You definitely don’t want to allow your condition to advance to this stage, where the bone and surrounding tissues are destroyed, leaving your teeth in a state of flux. Furthermore, this can lead to tooth loss.
How Your Dentist Can Treat Gum Disease
One thing to keep in mind is that gum disease is not curable, but it is treatable. For some patients experiencing gingivitis, the only change needed is an adjustment in brushing techniques, improved flossing or different oral care products.
For more serious cases, your dentist has several modalities at his disposal to help you maintain a certain quality of function and health, including:
- Scaling – This is a process to remove hardened plaque from below the gum line.
- Root Planing – The objective of this procedure is to remove the rough areas on the roots.
- Antibiotic Therapy – Your dentist will use this to directly attack the infection.
- Laser Treatment – This process uses a laser to remove bacteria and promote gum reattachment.
- Surgery – In more advanced situations, your dentist may refer you to a periodontist (gum specialist) to perform a surgical repair.
Just remember that a diagnosis of gum disease is not the end of the world. When you reach out to your Lincoln dentist, you can feel assured that you will be able to get the treatment necessary to restore your oral health and function.
But, never take for granted the power of being proactive. The moment that you’re brushing your teeth and notice the first drop of blood in the sink, you should reach out to your local professional to schedule an appointment or mention it to your dentist at your semi-annual dental visit.
The doorway to excellent oral health is open to you always.
About the Author
Dr. Craig P. Vacek received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska and then went on to attend the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry, earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He practices at Vacek Family Dentistry and can be reached for more information through his website.
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