What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, also known as Periodontitis or periodontal disease, starts with a bacteria growth in the mouth. If not treated, the disease can end with tooth loss. The disease targets the gums specifically, destroying the tissue around teeth and comes on in multiple stages. The first stage is called Gingivitis. It’s occurs as the gums begin to get inflammed.
Though not all cases of Gingivitis lead to Periodontitis, it is important to recognize any sort of unnatural coloring of the gums. Bacteria in the plaque on teeth build up, leading to inflamed gums and bleeding when brushing. The gums will be irritated, but the teeth themselves are still firmly rooted in their sockets. If left untreated, Gingivitis will turn into Periodontitis.
Treatments at Priority Dental
The best form of treatment for gum disease is preventative dental hygiene. Cleaning your teeth regularly is the best way to treat this disease. In addition to personal hygiene, getting your teeth professionally cleaned regularly will also prevent gum disease. If not prevented, Periodontitis treatments can include more invasive measures such as surgery.
At Priority Dental, we employ two methods of gum disease treatment. We work with OralDNA labs, a company specializing in diagnosing gum disease. They provide clinical laboratory testing services that determine the cause of periodontal infections. In addition, we employ the “No More Hygiene” stance as implemented by the company No More Hygiene. Their approach is all about tailoring treatments to patients and explaining the necessity of good dental health. They have target treatment modules for gum disease at every stage and methods for communicating effectively with patients.
Gum disease is preventable and treatable at all different stages. The first and most important step is upping your personal dental hygiene game. Let us help you get started. Come into our office for a consultation. Call us with any questions or to set up an appointment.