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Taking care of your gums is just as important as taking care of your teeth. The health of your gums and the health of your teeth are so intrinsically related, it is hard to consider one without the other. In fact, gum disease often leads to tooth decay and vice versa. A receding gumline often results from gum disease, exposing the roots of your teeth to the threat of tooth decay, whereas the bacteria from a decayed tooth can infect your gums.
The early stages of gum disease, commonly called gingivitis, is typified by red, swollen gums. You may not even experience any pain or discomfort in this stage, but if you notice your gums bleeding, gingivitis is likely. The advanced stages of gum disease is called periodontal disease, and this is when pain often occurs and other health problems are a threat.
One of the biggest problems with gum disease is that the early stages have very few symptoms, so it often goes unnoticed until the later stages, when it is a bigger threat to your health. And it is not just a matter of dental health; gum disease has been linked to various general health ailments, including heart disease.
As you can see, your gum health is not something you want to take for granted. That is why we put a high priority on the health of our patients’ gums here at First Dental Associates.
Gum Disease Treatment from First Dental Associates
At First Dental Associates, we have a periodontist on staff to make sure your gums stay healthy. We do scaling and root planing, with our specialist handling all the advanced cases. Dental scaling and root planing, also known as deep cleaning, is a process in which tartar buildup is removed from the gumline and unhealthy tooth material is smoothed away. Sometimes deep cleaning will be accompanied with a prescription for antibiotics or an antibacterial treatment called Arestin to ensure the bacteria responsible for gum disease is gone. This process will help restore the health of your gums without surgery.
If the gum disease advances to late-stage periodontal disease, surgery may become necessary, and our periodontist will definitely become involved. Gum surgery usually consists of removing infected gum tissue, then replacing it with a graft of healthy gum tissue taken from a different part of your mouth or a donor source. In some cases, teeth extraction is necessary to fully restore the health of your mouth. Our periodontal specialist can do this, as well as place implants for your tooth replacement.
Gum Disease Prevention
Of course, preventing gum disease is the best way to protect yourself from the health problems that come with it. A strong oral hygiene routine is the best way to protect yourself from gum disease, so be sure to brush and floss your teeth diligently. An antibacterial mouthwash may be helpful, as well.
And don’t forget to come into First Dental Associates for regular cleanings and examinations to keep your gums healthy. Call 781-435-7290 today to schedule an appointment, or simply fill out our online form and one of our associates will contact you.