Your smile looks a lot better when you have all your teeth. Unfortunately, you may have a something that could rob you of your smile. It’s gum disease, and it’s the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States.
We aren’t trying to scare you just because it’s close to Halloween, but we don’t want periodontal disease to catch you by surprise either. Everyone at our dentist office wants everyone in Lancaster, CA, and the surrounding area to take steps to fight against this invisible invader.
Tab A. Boyle, DDS, is prepared to show you how to keep gum disease from taking hold in your mouth, but he also has some modern weapons use in the fight against advanced periodontal disease.
If you suspect that you may have gum disease, please make an appointment as soon as possible so we can remove the infection from your mouth.
Gum Disease Starts Small
By small, we mean microscopic in scale. The bacteria that cause gum disease already live inside your mouth.
That’s why you need to take steps every day to keep them in check. The more they grow, the more likely you are to experience the effects of gingivitis, which is the mild form of gum disease.
You will know that gingivitis has started to form by its symptoms. Your gums will look redder than usual, swollen, or both. The most obvious sign is when you bleed while brushing or flossing your teeth.
You also will be doing yourself a favor by making routine appointments at Dr. Boyle’s office for professional cleanings and examinations. If we see the sign and symptoms of gum disease, we will advise you on the best way to treat it.
What Happens When The Problem Grows
The next stage in gum disease is periodontitis. With all due respect to The Music Man, that starts with P and that rhymes with T and that stands for trouble.
Periodontitis is considered an advanced form of gum disease.
The symptoms grow more serious the longer you allow them to persist.
The bleeding gums may start to occur more frequently. You may feel pain in your gums when you eat, or your gums can begin to feel sore and tender all the time.
Below your gumline, pockets may be forming inside your gum tissue where bacteria can build plaque and tartar. As the infections spreads, you may notice that pus leaking from your gums. You could have bad breath or a lingering bad taste in your mouth.
Periodontitis also can lead to gum recession, which is when your gums pull away from your teeth. Over time, your teeth can feel loose in their sockets and fall out.
We hope you won’t let your gum disease reach this point. We hope that you will call Dr. Boyle’s office at the earliest signs of trouble so we can remove the infection and treat your gums.
Treating Gum Disease Without Surgery
In extreme cases, surgery may be the only option, but we prefer to use less invasive methods whenever we can.
The first option is and should be preventing gum disease. This starts when you brush your teeth twice per day with a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. You also should floss daily.
If you notice bleeding when you brush or floss, it is often a sign that you haven’t been flossing correctly or that you haven’t flossed as often as you should. Many times you can reverse gingivitis by improving your daily hygiene routine.
During routine visits to our dentist office, we often catch gum disease in its early stages when it can be treated more easily.
We usually start with scaling and root planing, which is a procedure in which a dentist or hygienist remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar from the roots of your teeth. Many times, this can be enough.
When that’s not enough, you will have another option before surgery if you make your appointment with Dr. Boyle.
Using a dental laser, we can zap the infected tissue to remove it from your mouth. By doing this, we can seal the tissue at the same time. This reduces bleeding and allows your mouth to heal faster than it would with gum surgery.
Keep Smiling Longer With Healthy Gums
We love seeing our patients smile, and we know you are more likely to smile when your mouth is healthy.
An important part of maintaining your oral health is preventing and treating periodontal disease. It’s important to everyone at Dr. Boyle’s office to keep your gums looking good.