I Think I Have Gum Disease – Now What?

Gum Disease Revitalizing Smiles

It would never happen to you. Right? Well actually gum disease, or Periodontitis, is so much more common than you would think. About 42.7% (almost half!) of American adults suffer from gum disease.

Gum disease is an infection of your gums caused by plaque or tartar build-up. Although common, if left untreated, gum disease can actually cause extreme damage to your teeth or gums and possibly lead to tooth loss. Keep reading to make sure you’re looking for symptoms and taking preventative measures today.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

It’s essential to know the symptoms of gum disease to detect it early on and seek treatment earlier. According to Christine Frank, DDS, common symptoms of gum disease are:

  • Gums that bleed when you brush your teeth or floss
  • Bad breath
  • Changes in the position of your teeth or loose teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Red, tender, or swollen gums
  • Buildup of plaque or tartar on your teeth
  • Pain when chewing
  • Tooth loss
  • Foul taste in your mouth
  • Inflammatory response throughout your body

Causes of Gum Disease

Gum disease can be an alarming diagnosis. However, it is treatable. Knowing the causes of gum disease can help prevent it all-together. Many common causes include smoking cigarettes, failure to brush your teeth properly or frequently enough, or certain medications. Additionally, if you eat a lot of sugar in your diet, you may be more prone to developing gum disease.

What to do if You Have Gum Disease

If you believe you have gum disease, make an appointment with a dentist today. At Revitalizing Smiles, we have seen many cases of gum disease. Here are the most common treatment options of gum disease:

Dental Cleanings

If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, you may need to schedule a couple of dental cleanings to get the thorough cleaning your teeth need. Dental cleanings can remove plaque that your toothbrush and floss at home can’t reach. 

Scaling & Gum Disease

Scaling involves the removal of plaque and tartar beneath your gums. Sometimes, plaque build up can lead to tartar and can grow beneath your gums. Scaling will help remove plaque and tartar and improve your dental health.

Dental Care At Home

Although at Revitalizing Smiles, we can provide treatment such as dental cleanings, it’s important to also keep up on your dental hygiene habits at home. Be sure to brush and floss twice per day and schedule your cleanings twice a year with a dentist.

Why Choose Revitalizing Smiles as Your Fairfield, CT Dentist

We understand modern people live busy lives. However, you should never put off going to the dentist in Fairfield, CT. In addition to providing general services, we also offer restorative dentistry services. We can help fix issues of missing teeth by providing dental implants in Fairfield, CT, as well as other restorative procedures to give you the beautiful smile you deserve. Even if it’s been 2, 5, or 10 years, don’t be embarrassed. We are a judgment-free zone. Make an appointment at Revitalizing Smiles today!

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