Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, can lead to tooth loss and other problems. Treatments are available for restoring the health of your gums, but there are also steps you can take to prevent gum disease. Dr. Jose Arauz, the experienced dentist at our office in Jacksonville, can offer individualized recommendations for helping you prevent gum disease.
Signs and Symptoms
Gum disease is caused by a bacterial infection that often results from plaque and tartar buildup on teeth. IT should be treated right away to stop the infection from spreading, which could lead to tooth loss. Seek treatment if you have developed any of the following signs and symptoms of gum disease:
- Sensitive gums
- Receding gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Swollen, tender, or red gums
- Persistent bad breath
- A periodontal abscess
- Loose teeth
Thoroughly brushing and flossing your teeth every day are two of the best steps you can take toward preventing gum disease. Additionally, regular dental checkups that include a professional teeth cleaning also play an important role in gum disease prevention. Dental professionals utilize techniques and instruments that make it possible to reach areas you might not be able to thoroughly access and clean by brushing and flossing.
Other ways to maintain a healthy mouth and prevent gum disease include eating a healthy diet low in sugary foods and drinks, and avoiding smoking. Smoking increases the risk of developing gum disease and subsequent tooth loss.
Several effective treatments are available for restoring the health of your gums if periodontal disease does develop. Scaling and root planing is a method for deep-cleaning plaque and tartar from the root surfaces of teeth below the gum line. In some cases, periodontal flap surgery might be needed to remove deep pockets of bacteria that can form between the teeth and inflamed gum tissue. Antimicrobial products can also be applied to help eliminate infection. The skilled dentist at our office in Jacksonville can recommend an appropriate treatment if gum disease develops.
It is possible to prevent gum disease by developing an effective oral hygiene routine that includes daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental checkups and cleanings. To learn more about how you can prevent gum disease, speak with Dr. Arauz, our knowledgeable dentist, by calling our office in Jacksonville at (910) 577-1315.