Gum disease is the infection of the gums in your mouth caused by bacterial infection. A serious infection if untreated can damage the gums, teeth and the jawbone.
Gum disease is very common in people but is also very preventable and treatable.
Signs of gum disease
- Bleeding gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Gums that bleed during and after tooth brushing
- Red, swollen, and/or tender gums
- Receding gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Constant bad taste in mouth
- Teeth that are loose or separating
- Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- Any change in the fit of partial dentures
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Treatment of gum disease
Gum disease is treatable. Depending on how severe it is, it can even be reversible. The key is to treat gum disease as soon as possible.
The goal of gum disease treatment is to promote reattachment of healthy gums to teeth. This will help reduce swelling, the depth of pockets, the risk of infection, and to stop gum disease from getting progressively worse. Treatment options depend on the stage of disease, how you may have responded to earlier
Gum disease treatment options depend on what stage of the process you are in, how far it has progressed, whether you have had earlier treatments for it and how you responded, as well as your overall health. Options range from nonsurgical therapies that control bacterial growth to surgery to restore supportive tissues. A full description of the various treatment options is provided in Gum Disease Treatments.
There are both surgical and non-surgical options available depending on the seriousness of the disease. If you have an extreme fear of your treatment options, sedation dentistry may be an option.
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The sooner you seek treatment, the more treatable gum disease is.
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