Periodontal disease, which is also called gum disease or periodontitis, occurs when the gums and bones around the teeth become infected. You may have experienced gum disease without even realizing it. Your gums will become irritated as a result of the bacteria that are found in plaque. Your gums could turn red, swell and bleed more easily. If the condition is untreated, your gums will separate from your teeth, which will cause spaces (sometimes called “pockets”) to develop between the teeth. This happens right along the gum line. This can result in the deterioration of gum tissue and bones, which often leads to tooth loss.
There are many treatments such as scaling and root planning which are common treatments for periodontal disease. Eugene emergency dentist Dr. Kirchmeier uses this method to give you a deeper cleaning between the compromised teeth and gums. This method works well because it prevents the progression of the disease.
How to Avoid Gum Disease
The word periodontal means “around the tooth.” Gum disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that hurts the health of many people. But fear not, you can usually prevent gum disease by taking a proactive approach to your oral health routine. Brushing and flossing your teeth daily and visiting your dentist for exams and cleaning, can help a lot. Eating a balanced meal plan can also help prevent gum disease.
These tips can help:
• Brush your teeth two times a day.
• Invest in an electric toothbrush.
• Look for products that have the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance.
• Use an antiseptic mouthwash or a fluoride or mouthwash.
• Floss at least once a day.
• Choose a floss type you like.
• Use disclosing tablets so you can see if you are brushing effectively.
• See your dentist regularly as recommended to have your teeth cleaned and checked.
• Make healthy foods choices that are low in sugar.
• Drink a lot of water daily.
The Importance of Regular Dental Visits
Regular checkups and x-rays are essential for the best possible oral health. We recommend that each patient visit our office at least every six months. For those with specialized treatment needs, visits can be customized to meet each and every need.
By visiting us you are taking a proactive role in your dental health, which can prevent gum disease and help keep your smile healthy and bright!