Your teeth aren’t the only important things in your mouth. Taking care of your gums is a vital part of oral hygiene too.
If you ignore the health of your gums, you could end up with gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease (periodontal disease) can lead to tooth loss or other serious damage to your mouth.
Gum disease is preventable with the proper dental care and regular cleanings and exams. Day & Night Family Dental can help you establish a good oral hygiene routine to keep gum disease at bay. Call us at 910-354-2680.
Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease
Be aware of these possible signs or symptoms of gum disease:
- Red, swollen or tender gums, or other pain in your mouth
- Gums that bleed during brushing or flossing
- Teeth that look longer because your gums have receded
- Loose or separating teeth
- Pus between your teeth and gums
- Sores in your mouth
- Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- Changes in the way that dentures fit
- Constant bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
If you suspect you may have gum disease, don’t delay. Contact Day & Night Family Dental at 910-354-2680.
Stages of Gum Disease
Gum disease is an infection of the gums and bones that hold teeth in place.
The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. During this stage gums become red or dark. They may appear swollen or puffy, and they bleed easily. At this stage gum disease is reversible.
Untreated, gingivitis may progress to a more serious condition called periodontitis. This is more advanced stage of gum disease that permanently damages bones and structures that support the teeth.
Treating Gum Disease
When our doctors detect the early signs of gum disease, our team of dental hygienists is trained to render treatments to slow or arrest the progression of the disease process.
- Deep cleaning and root planing
- Aesthetic tissue contouring
- Periodontal crown-lengthening surgery
- Gingival graft
- Bone grafting
If you need to see a dentist about treating gum disease, call Day & Night Family Dental at 910-354-2680.