in Westerville, OH
Gum disease is extremely common, and it is estimated that about 80% of the U.S. population is affected by gum disease. Despite being very prevalent, gum disease should be taken seriously to prevent it from becoming worse, as serious cases of periodontal disease can result in tooth, gum, and jawbone loss. No matter what stage your gum disease has reached, our Westerville dental team is here to assist. Contact us todayContact Us
What are the stages of gum disease?
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, and it is the only form of gum disease that is completely reversible. Patients with gingivitis may notice that their gums look redder or puffier, or that they feel more sensitive or bleed when they are brushed. In other cases, patients may not notice any changes, which is why routine dental exams are important. The next stages are mild, moderate, and severe periodontal disease, which require periodontal deep cleanings. No matter what stage you are at, prompt intervention is the key to preventing periodontal disease and stopping it from progressing.
How is periodontal disease treated?
Patients with periodontal disease should schedule between two and four periodontal deep cleanings per year to keep their teeth and gums as clean and healthy as possible. Periodontal cleanings begin with scaling, which is when plaque and tartar are carefully removed from the gum pockets. Then, root planing is done to smooth out the tooth roots and help the gums reattach to the teeth. Deep cleanings take longer than regular cleanings, and your gums may feel sore post-treatment, but they are an important part of treating periodontal disease.
How can gum disease be prevented?
Practicing great oral hygiene at home by brushing and flossing twice per day and rinsing with mouthwash goes a long way in preventing gum disease. Routine dental visits are also imperative. Patients who smoke or chew tobacco regularly are at a greater risk of developing periodontal disease and have a harder time treating it effectively. Genetics, pregnancy, and certain medications can also make patients more prone to developing gum disease. If you are concerned that you may develop gum disease, please let our team know so we can work with you to create a custom treatment plan.Contact Us