Phone: (817) 801-9311
M. Séhat, DDS, FAGD
Magic Dentistry

Gum Disease

Brushing and flossing protect your teeth, but do you know it is just as important to protect the health of your gums? Gum disease (officially known as periodontal disease) is an infection in your gums. It is one of the main causes for adult tooth loss. Because it is pain-free, gum disease can continue for years until it is too late to save a person’s teeth. This is why regular dental checkups and vigilant at-home dental care are so important.

What is the Cause of Gum Disease?

Gum disease is caused by plaque buildup. When plaque is not removed with brushing, flossing, and routine dental cleanings, it creates toxins that damage the gums. Gum disease forms just beneath the gum-line, creating small pockets that cause the teeth to separate from the gums.

Gum disease occurs in two stages:

  • Gingivitis is early stage gum disease and causes swelling, redness, and bleeding. It is treatable and can be eliminated with daily flossing and brushing.
  • Periodontis is untreated gingivitis that has advanced into the bones that support the teeth. It is irreversible and can result in tooth loss or the need for removal.

What Increases Your Risk for Gum Disease?

  • Smoking
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Diabetes
  • Crooked teeth
  • Old fillings
  • Certain medications, including cancer therapy drugs, steroids, calcium channel blockers, anti-epilepsy medication, and oral contraceptives
  • Ill-fitting bridges
  • Pregnancy

Symptoms of gum disease are subtle, but include:

  • Red, swollen, tender gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Gums that are pulled away from teeth
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Chronic bad taste
  • Puss between teeth and gums
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Change in the fit of dentures
  • Change in bite

Treatment for Gum Disease

There is treatment for gum disease, especially if it is caught early. Treatment options include:

  • At-home periodontal trays
  • Scaling
  • Root planning
  • urgery (laser and standard)
  • Implants

Prevention is the best treatment for gum disease! Regular dental checkups and at-home dental care are the best tools you have to protect against gum disease. If you are concerned about gum disease or you want to be sure you are doing all you can to reduce your risk, speak to your dentist.

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Arlington, TX 76012
Phone: (817) 801-9311