Gum Disease Treatment - Are You Noticing 'Pink In The Sink' When You Brush Your Teeth?
Gum disease strikes people young and old, the end result is tooth loss. In many cases, there is no pain until the end stages where the disease has progressed to an extreme. Gum disease is an infection of the gums and bone supporting your teeth.
Jay Elliott, D.D.S., can help you save your teeth from gum disease allowing you to chew, smile, and look younger.
Early on, gum disease may just start with recession of the gums (or tissue). RECESSION IS BONE LOSS. If you have lost gum tissue, you have also lost the underlying bone, which holds the tooth in the mouth. Dr. Elliott can replace the lost gum tissue and not only protect the tooth from future bone loss, but also enhance the look of your smile and eliminate root sensitivity.
If gum disease is left untreated, bone loss progresses, and eventually people start losing their teeth. Like any disease, early detection is critical.
Tooth loss is just one of the potential problems. Research suggests that there is a strong link between gum disease and cardiovascular disease, stroke, bacteria pneumonia, increased risk during pregnancy and diabetes. Gum infections may make it harder to control your blood sugars and make you more susceptible to other infections.
My gums bleed when I brush. Should I be worried?
If you had bleeding on your arm or leg, you would check it out. Because bleeding gums can indicate a more serious problem like gum disease, you should make an appointment with your dentist to check it out.
Is gum disease hereditary?
Although there is a genetic component to gum disease, other factors, like lifestyle choices, age, and oral health habits, can also influence whether you develop this condition. Talk with your dentist to find out if you have other risk factors for gum disease.
What can I do to prevent gum disease?
The best prevention is taking proper care of your teeth and gums. Good brushing habits, regular flossing, and routine dental visits will go a long way to avoiding periodontal disease.
What is the cure for gum disease?
Unfortunately, there is no cure for gum disease. However, proper treatment and good home care can stop the progression of the disease and restore your oral health.