October 24, 2016

Gum disease is an oral health problem that currently affects millions of people – maybe even you. Many people with the early stages of periodontal disease are unaware of it. This is one of the reasons why regular dental exams and teeth cleaning are so important. During your appointment, Dr. Mason O. Miner and his team will check for the early signs that point to developing periodontal disease. Some of these symptoms you can observe at home.

What to Watch For

The early stages of gum disease can advance slowly, so you may never even notice that there is anything wrong. There are three important symptoms that you should pay attention to; these are signals that periodontal disease is advancing and requires prompt attention. Here is what to what for:

  • Inflammation – If your gums appear puffy or feel swollen, then there is likely an infection caused by bacteria. Bacteria populations flourish near the gum line where teeth meet gum tissue. If bacteria continues to spread, a hard scaly layer of plaque will form and new bacteria colonies will become active on top of the plaque. This cycle continues and eventually causes gum tissue inflammation.
  • Tender, painful gums – You might find that your gums ache, especially after eating or brushing your teeth. Even if inflammation does not seem immediately present the pain indicates that something is wrong.
  • Bleeding gum tissue – If your gums bleed easily when scratched even lightly, such as with the bristles of your tooth brush, you can be sure that some bacterial infection is taking place.

Gum disease is closely linked to a number of other health conditions, including diabetes. Because diabetes can prevent the body from fighting off opportunistic infections gum disease can advance unchecked. If you have diabetes, be sure to tell your dentist.

Treating Gum Disease

Gum disease can be treated with the help of a medical laser. This method clears away the infection and damaged tissue while leaving healthy tissue intact. Bleeding and discomfort is minimal, and patients typically enjoy much faster recovery times, too. If you would like to explore gum disease treatment options just speak with Dr. Miner.



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