According to the American Dental Association, gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss, making this issue much bigger than simple sore gums. However, learning to spot the early signs and symptoms of gum disease allows you to treat it early when its effects are more easily reversible. Find out more about gum disease and its non-surgical treatments with Dr. Richard Bateman, Dr. Joshua Neubauer, and Dr. Emerald Powell at Park Crossing Dentistry in South Charlotte, NC.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease occurs when bacteria which live on the teeth harden into plaque and tartar. These substances grow under the gum, irritating it and causing an infection. Gum disease begins as gingivitis, a mild condition normally reversible with a professional dental cleaning followed by proper oral hygiene. However, if left untreated, gingivitis can advance into periodontitis, which can cause serious issues. Periodontitis requires more invasive, complex care to treat.
Do I have gum disease?
If you have one of the following symptoms, you may have gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease:
- swollen gums
- bleeding gums
- sore gums
- red gums
Though many people mistakenly believe that bleeding gums mean they should stop flossing their teeth, this actually indicates that the gums are infected by plaque and bacteria, which require regular flossing to remove.
If you have one of the following symptoms, you may have periodontitis, a more advanced stage of gum disease:
- loosened teeth
- painful gums
- sensitive teeth
- receding gums
- unexplained bad breath
Gum Disease Treatments in Charlotte, NC
If you think you have gum disease in any stage, you should consult with your dentist as soon as possible. The sooner your dentist begins treating your gum disease, the better. Reversing the symptoms of mild forms of gingivitis require a professional teeth cleaning followed by routine brushing twice a day and flossing at least once. However, more serious forms of the disease may require a periodontal cleaning or even flap surgery to reverse its effects. Your dentist can help you determine the best course of treatment for your gum disease.
For more information on gum disease and what it means for your teeth, please contact Dr. Richard Bateman, Dr. Joshua Neubauer, and Dr. Emerald Powell at Park Crossing Dentistry in South Charlotte, NC. Call (704) 541-5059 to schedule an appointment with your dentist today!