Gum Treatment for common diseases
The most common types of gum disease we see at Westgate Smiles are periodontitis, recessive gums, and gingivitis. Often, we see our patients trudging into our offices with shame written all over their faces when they learn they have a certain type of gum disease. However, you are not alone in being one of the hundreds of Americans suffering from some sort of gum disease. It’s a lot more common than you think, and there are many gum treatment options available to you.
What Causes Gum Disease? What about Receding Gums?
The major causes of gum disease usually revolve around bacteria growing around the roots of your teeth because of plaque. Plaque is a huge carrier of bacteria, and although it is not the centric cause of gum disease, it does play a huge part. Other things that are common causes of gum disease are hormonal changes, side effects due to certain kinds of medication, smoking, and eating diets high in processed sugars and acids. Even genes can play a huge role in how the gums are affected. In the case of receding gums, common causes are also related to periodontitis, brushing your teeth in the wrong way or too aggressively, and all of the above symptoms that cause the overall health problems associated with bad gums. A large portion of these causes are avoidable, while some are not. Sometimes the conditions of your gums can depend on other ailments you may be dealing with, such as cancer, AIDS, cardiac issues, and diabetes.
Symptoms of Gum Disease and Recessive Gums:
- Sensitive teeth
- Longer teeth
- Bad breath that is persistent and won’t go away even after brushing, mouthwash, or gum
- Yellowing of the roots of your teeth
- Chewing becomes painful while eating
- Bleeding or swollen gums
- Loose teeth
- Teeth that are receding or can no longer be seen because of swollen gums
- Mouth sores
Gum Treatment for Gum Recession
Treatment for gum recession or general gum disease treatment varies on how much damage has been done already. Laser treatment and periodontal therapy are two of the most common treatments for gum recession. For other diseases, procedures that don’t involve heavily invasive surgery are scaling, deep cleaning, and root planning. Invasive surgery to treat gum damage includes bone and soft tissue grafts, tissue regeneration, and pocket reduction surgery. Other ways you can help to reduce the risk of needing gum treatment is to kick any bad habits such as smoking and aggressive brushing. Making sure that you are following basic dental practices will ensure strong oral health.
Contact us at Westgate Smiles for an appointment to discuss how we can help with any gum treatment you may need.