If you do a Google search of the term ‘gum disease” spend some time reviewing the headlines. You might be oddly surprised, and maybe a bit disturbed at what you are reading. You will be graced with images of nasty gum infection and articles on the links between chronic health issues and gum disease, including:
We have all heard that the eyes are the window to the soul, but did you know that your mouth is the gateway to your overall health? If you have red, bleeding, or inflamed gums in need of treatment, you must act fast. A visit to Bayside Dental in Rowlett, TX can help you manage your gum health without invasive surgery.
Many patients have gum disease but are unaware of it, at least not until it is in the advanced stages and painful symptoms arise. Therefore, it important to recognize the warning signs:
Even if no pain is present, if you have these symptoms there may still be a problem brewing. The best prevention is to avoid periodontal complications. Start with good oral hygiene habits at home and keep up routine dentist visits every six months.
If you have any of the aforementioned symptoms, and you are diagnosed with gum disease, there is no need to panic. Although we put a lot of emphasis on preventative dentistry, treatment is also available.
The most common approach is to treat advanced gum disease with scaling and root planing. These deep cleaning procedures remove bacteria and infection for below the gum line. This treatment also makes it hard for bacteria to come back and adhere to tooth roots.
After a careful and thorough oral cavity exam, the scaling process will begin. Plaque and tartar will be removed from below the gum line. This is followed by root planing to smooth out jagged root surfaces where bacteria hide and thrive. This procedure also helps damaged gums reattach to teeth.
Oftentimes a dentist will use a dental pick to perform the entire scaling and root planing procedure. But research has found that it is better done with an ultrasonic scaler. The device combines a powerful stream of water with a vibrating tip for more comfortable and effective cleaning. Other benefits of using an ultrasonic scaler include:
There is no reason to take risks with your oral health and overall health. Give your gums the best possible treatment and protect your smile, visit the experienced dentists at Bayside Dental in Rowlett, TX.