Answers to Your Questions About Gum Disease

Gum disease can be devastating to your oral health. It can lead to pain, bleeding, lost teeth, and the needs for dental implants. Getting regular dental cleanings is a major part of preventing gum disease and treating it in its early stages. If your dentist has diagnosed you with gum disease or warned you that you are at risk, here are the answers to some questions that are likely to be on your mind.

What causes gum disease?

Gum disease occurs when a bacterial infection occurs in the gum tissue. Typically, it is associated with poor oral hygiene, which allows plaque and bacteria to grow along the gum line. There are factors that make some people more prone to gum disease than others. People with diabetes, weakened immune systems, and those who smoke have an increased risk. Women also experience an increase in the risk for gum disease when they are pregnant.

What are the symptoms?

In the early stages of gum disease, you may notice that your gums appear red and swollen. They may feel sensitive and bleed when you brush and floss. As gum disease progresses, it can cause the gums to recede from the teeth, which may trigger sensitivity. With advanced gum disease, the teeth may become loose or fall out. You may notice that your bite feels different because of shifts in how your teeth fit in your mouth.

What treatments are available?

Dental cleanings and good oral hygiene can reverse gum disease in its early stages. As it advances, a deeper cleaning technique called scaling and planing may be necessary. In late stages, oral surgery, such gum grafts and pocket reduction surgery, may be needed. If you experience loose teeth because of gum disease, your dentist may recommend removing the teeth and replacing them with dental implants.

Gum disease is serious but the team at My Dentist is here to help you reclaim your oral health and prevent complications. Make an appointment for a dental cleaning in Bloomingdale, IL today by calling (630) 894-5992.

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