When it comes to oral care, many people often tend to focus only on their teeth. There is no question that healthy teeth are an important part of a healthy mouth, but they’re not all that matter. The condition of your gums also matters. Periodontal care is also essential for oral health. Victor Nitu DDS is here to help.
Why Does Periodontal Care Matter?
You know your teeth matter, but did you know that your gums do, too? Your gums are an essential part of your mouth. In addition to your jawbone and periodontal ligaments, this tissue helps to provide support for your teeth. The tissue also helps to keep bacteria and debris away from your tooth roots.
When you neglect your gums, a condition known as gum disease can develop. Approximately half of all adults in the United States have some form of gum disease. Should it occur, you may be faced with serious problems, including gum recession, tooth loss, and even serious health problems. Gum disease is the top cause of tooth loss.
What Should I Watch For?
Gum disease is almost completely silent at first. Most who have the earliest stages might never even know it. When taking care of your mouth, check your gums for redness and swelling. Keep an eye out for gum recession. You might notice this if your teeth begin to look longer than normal. Teeth that suddenly become mobile can also indicate a serious problem. Make sure that you schedule an appointment as soon as you notice any of these symptoms.
What Can I Expect During My Appointment?
We can detect the earliest signs, which can then help you get treatment to prevent worse complications. During your exam, we closely inspect your gums for any swelling. Using a special tool, we measure your periodontal pockets. These are the pockets that form between your teeth and your gums as the tissue pulls away. Pockets 4 millimeters and deeper often indicate gum disease. The deeper they are, the more advanced the condition. We will also assess any buildup on your teeth, particularly around the gumline. After determining the severity of your gum disease, we can then recommend treatment.
What Treatments Might I Receive?
Once diagnosed with gum disease, we will recommend treatment. The type of treatment you receive is dependent upon how advanced the gum disease is when it’s spotted. You might be recommended for scaling and root planing or periodontal maintenance. For more advanced gum disease, surgery such as pocket reduction or gum grafting might be necessary. In the event gum disease has caused you to lose teeth, we will also recommend replacement, which might include a bridge, a denture, or dental implants.
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How Can I Keep My Gums Healthy?
Fortunately, you can actively prevent gum disease from developing. Preventing gum disease starts with a good oral hygiene routine. This includes brushing your teeth every single day as well as flossing them. In addition to these habits, it’s also essential that you have routine cleanings and exams. With a good oral hygiene routine, you can keep your gums, and your whole mouth, healthy.
At the first sign of gum disease, it’s essential for you to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Call Victor Nitu DDS at (480) 536-8228 today.