GUM DISEASE TREATMENT
The Gum disease is a term used for the infection of the gums.
Gum disease can be mild to severe and can be pain-less to painful.
Gum disease is the most common dental disease and can be best treated if caught early.
TYPES OF GUM DISEASE
This is an early form of disease
It is Reversible
Left untreated turns into periodontitis
Gingivitis attacks gums only
This is caused by inadequate brushing and flossing
This is a serious stage of gum disease.
This is non-reversible stage.
Periodontitis attacks gums, bone and the tissues holding the teeth.
This is caused by the body’s inflammatory response to bacteria and toxins in the plaque.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF GUM DISEASE
Bad Breath or Taste
Change in the fit of partial dentures
Pus discharge from the gums
CAUSES AND RISKS FOR GUM DISEASE
Even though plaque is the main culprit for causing the gum disease, there are several factors that can make it worse like
GENETICS: Some people have a higher tendency to get gum disease because of their genes. But these highly prone patients can control the disease with good oral hygiene.
ORAL HYGIENE HABITS: Patients with poor oral hygiene habits are prone for gum diseases.
SMOKING: Smoking increases the risk of gum disease. The longer and more you smoke the severe the gum disease gets. And quitting smoking can get the gum disease under control.
CONDITION OF TEETH: Crowded teeth, decayed teeth, misaligned teeth, teeth with braces, teeth with crowns or bridges makes it difficult to keep it clean and in turn causes the gum disease.
ORAL HABITS: Like clenching, grinding, mouth breathing and snoring can speed up the progress of the gum disease.
STRESS AND HORMONAL CHANGES: Can cause the gum disease hard to treat and increases the risk and severity of the gum disease.
MEDICATIONS: Medications used for depression and blood pressure causes dry mouth or swollen gums which can lead to more plaque accumulation and increases the risk of gum disease.
DISEASES: Diabetes, Arthritis, HIV infections and other systemic diseases can increase the developing gum disease.
NUTRITION: Poor nutrition causes deficiencies which leads to poor immune system causing gum diseases.
LINK BETWEEN GUM DISEASE AND WHOLE BODY
Untreated gum disease not only results in tooth loss but also has major impact on other organs in our body like
Respiratory System: Lungs
Stroke by Atherosclerosis
Fertility and Pregnancy
HOW TO TREAT GUM DISEASE?
Gum disease can be treated by different techniques depending on the severity of the disease.
SCALING AND ROOT PLANING (SRP): This is the most common procedure for treating gum disease.
This is also called as Deep Cleaning.
This is a nonsurgical procedure done using local anesthesia.
Our dentist or Hygienist at Peach Smiles will do deep cleaning to remove the plaque around the teeth and under the gum and around the roots.
FLAP SURGERY: This is a surgical procedure used to reduce the pocket depths.
Other forms of surgeries are Bone grafts, Bone surgeries, Soft tissue grafting, Guided Tissue Regeneration (GTR).
HOW TO PREVENT GUM DISEASE
Here are the simple way we can prevent the gum disease
GOOD ORAL HYGIENE at Home includes BRUSHING twice a day and FLOSSING between the teeth daily and using a antibacterial mouthwash.
REGULAR CHECKUPS AND CLEANINGS with our dentist at Peach Smiles every 3-6 months depending on the past disease status.
HEALTHY DIET consisting of more fruits and less sugary snacks.
SOME STATS ABOUT GUM DISEASE
1. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss
2. Brushing only cleans 25% of the mouth
3. There are Billions of bacteria in our mouth
4. 3 out of 4 Americans have gum disease
5. Only 3% of Americans are treated for gum disease
6. About 10% Americans are aware of their gum disease.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT GUM DISEASE
What is the sticky film on my teeth in the mornings after I wake up?
It is a biofilm consists of bacteria and it happens to everyone even after brushing the night before.
But if the biofilm is not removed then it will develop into a dental plaque.
What is a dental Plaque?
Dental plaque is a sticky film consisting of bad bacteria and sugars from food we eat.
Dental plaque can cause the gum disease and decay.
Does gum disease cause bad breath?
Bacteria which causes the gum disease produces sulfur compounds which causes bad breath. Bad breath can be treated when gum disease is treated.
Does gum disease cause tooth loss?
Severe form of gum disease called advanced periodontal disease can make teeth extremely loose and eventually fall out of the socket.
How much does it cost to treat gum disease without dental insurance?
Peach Smiles offers 30-40% off regular prices for all types of teeth cleaning including Prophylaxis and Deep Cleaning (SRP).
On average a patient saves $100’s of dollars for a Scaling and Root Planing visit.
No Insurance, No problem, Peach Smiles offers teeth cleanings at an affordable cost.
How much does it cost to treat gum disease with dental insurance?
Dental insurance covers 100% for a regular cleaning but covers only a portion of deep cleaning.
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