Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, typically progresses very slowly and can often be painless. It’s important to know more about how gum disease is identified and treated, so that you can be treated before it reaches a more advanced stage.
There is a lot to gum disease that many people are unaware of. At Nashua Family Dentistry, we hope to educate people about the dangers of gum disease and the importance of preventing it, so that they can better maintain their oral health between visits to our Nashua, NH dental office. Keep reading, and then give us a call at 603-546-7460 to schedule your next appointment.
Spot the Signs of Gum Disease
There are many potential warning signs of gum disease and each symptom can vary depending on the severity and specific type. The most common symptoms of gum disease are:
- Red, purple, or swollen gums
- Tender, painful gums
- Bleeding gums, particularly when brushing or flossing
- Separation between your tooth and gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Persistent bad taste in your mouth
If you have any of the above symptoms of gum disease, call our office right away to schedule an appointment. We will bring you for an examination so we can confirm whether you have gum disease. The earlier we can diagnose gum disease, the better.
Treatment for Gum Disease
How gum disease is treated depends on the severity of your symptoms as well as your preferences.
Non-surgical treatments include antibiotics and a deep-cleaning procedure called tooth scaling and root planing. This deep-cleaning treatment removes tartar and plaque from below your gum line. In some cases, laser dentistry is used to clean and treat teeth wrecked by gum disease.
There are also surgical treatments for more severe cases of gum disease. This includes gum grafts and more invasive dental surgery to repair the damage caused by gum disease while preventing further damage from occurring.
Gum Disease Prevention
The first line of defense against gum disease is proper dental care. You can prevent most types of gum disease by adequately brushing and flossing your teeth, as well as seeing your dentist at least every six months for a checkup and cleaning. But there are additional steps you can take to reduce your chance of developing gum disease.
- Use a mouth rinse after brushing and flossing for additional protection against gum disease.
- Eat a healthy diet that is loaded with vitamins and minerals. Limit your consumption of starchy and sugary foods.
- Avoid cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and vaping.
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and avoid dry mouth.
Visiting Your Dentist
Seeing your dentist regularly is one of the most important factors in identifying, treating, and preventing gum disease. Thoroughly brushing, flossing, and rinsing your teeth will help prevent gum disease, but our expert staff at Nashua Family Dentistry has the tools required to remove tartar (also known as calculus) that can build up on your teeth.
Seeing us at least every six months also allows us to identify and prevent problems before they require more extensive treatment. During each of your visits to our Nashua, NH dental office, we will provide an update on your oral health and make note of any potential issues.