Have you been noticing pink in the sink from bleeding when you brush your teeth? Do your gums appear red or irritated? Do you struggle with bad breath that just doesn't go away? Believe it or not, it's time to schedule a checkup with your Lewes dentist because these are all early signs of periodontal (gum) disease.
What is Gum Disease?
Essentially an infection of the support system for your teeth, which is your jawbone and gums, periodontal disease can result in more than just bad breath if it is left untreated. As it progresses, it will eventually destroy your bone and cause your gums to recede, which then results in tooth loss. In fact, gum disease is actually the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults over the age of thirty.
Preventing Gum Disease
Your first line of defense against issues like gum disease is your six-month visits with your dentist. You will be screened for gum disease and other concerns like tooth decay and oral cancer at every checkup, and your dentist can detect these issues in their earliest stages. During your cleaning, your hygienist will remove the plaque buildup that contributes to gum disease and tooth decay.
Treating Gum Disease
If your gum disease is detected early on, also known as gingivitis, it can often be successfully managed with a professional cleaning and improvements to your brushing and flossing routine.
If your case is more advanced, known as periodontitis, it will require a deeper cleaning to remove plaque buildup below the gum line. Your dentist may also prescribe antibiotic therapy to fight the infection, and severe cases of periodontitis may require surgery.