Gum disease is a common infection with many of the side effects taking months or even years to manifest themselves which is why so many patients continue to go untreated.
Over time, this disease will attack the soft tissue throughout the entire mouth which helps support the teeth as well as produce saliva. Eventually, gum disease will lead to more serious oral health issues such as tooth loss, receding gums and severe pain.
There are a variety of factors that will increase one’s risk of developing gum disease, including:
- Improper oral hygiene habits that allow plaque buildup
- Smoking and the use of chewing tobacco
- Genetics and those with family members who have periodontal disease
- External factors including pregnancy, various forms of diabetes and a variety of medications such as steroids and calcium channel blockers
Gum Disease Treatments
For those who suspect they may have gum disease, it is important to seek out professional assistance as soon as possible. While regular checkups and impeccable oral hygiene habits are a must for those in their earlier stages, professional cleaning, scaling and root planning will remove plaque on the teeth and just under the gums.
If the gum disease is severe, more comprehensive or surgical measures may need to be taken at our dental office, including:
- Grafting soft tissue onto the affected area of the gums
- Guided soft tissue regeneration