Many people don’t realize this, but gum disease is the most common dental issue in the world. The reality is half of all adults in the United States have some form of gum disease according to the CDC. This is alarming considering that gum disease is the leading cause of permanent tooth loss. Furthermore, gum disease has shown to have a strong correlation between other system diseases, including heart disease and diabetes. Our dentists always emphasize the importance of gum health as it ensures your teeth have a healthy home. If you notice issue with your gums, don’t wait to give us a call for gum disease treatment in Plano, TX!
In most cases, gum disease develops as a result of plaque buildup. When plaque accumulates on the teeth and gums, the bacteria inside it attacks oral tissue. This leads to gum inflammation and irritation. If you have poor oral hygiene habits, use tobacco regularly, or simply have a genetic disposition, you may be more likely to develop gum disease. The best way to prevent gum disease is through consistent brushing and flossing and professional checkups. If you notice your gums bleeding, swelling, or turning a dark red or purple, call our dental office.
During your routine exam, we will always perform a detailed evaluation of your gum tissue. We’ll confirm if your gums have changed color, become swollen, or begun to bleed when practicing oral care or eating, it’s a sign that you have developed the early signs of gum disease. Of course, you’re welcome to give us a call if you notice minor bleeding while flossing or have developed chronic bad breath and want to stay proactive. Just remember not to delay your appointment as gum disease will not get better on its own.
To treat gum disease, we need to perform a two-part process known as scaling and root planing. Scaling involves removing plaque from the teeth as well as areas below the gum line (which cannot be done with traditional brushing or dental cleanings). During the second portion of your deep cleaning, we smooth out the roots of teeth to prevent the risk of future plaque buildup. We’ll make sure to schedule you for follow-up appointments to monitor your healing progress.
Your mouth naturally contains space in between your teeth and gums called periodontal pockets. When gum disease develops and the infection breaks down your gum tissue, these pockets become larger, making it easier for bacteria to accumulate. To fight off bacteria, we may apply a topical antibiotic after your deep cleaning. You’ll still visit our dental office for regular cleanings so we can monitor your gums and ensure the antibiotic is working.