Gum disease is a concern for millions of Americans, many of whom are unaware of the state of their oral health. The symptoms of early-stage gum disease can be so mild that they are easily missed. For this reason, regular visits with your dentist in Colton are vital. Maintaining visits at six-month intervals allows us to closely monitor any changes in your oral condition and begin any necessary treatment before tooth decay or gum disease can progress.
The early-stage of gum disease, gingivitis, is the only time in which there is a chance to reverse the effects. At this early stage, the only symptoms that may present are slightly red, irritated gums that might bleed when you brush your teeth. Some people begin to notice that bad breath occurs more frequently, or it cannot be eliminated with brushing or with mouthwash. This indicates that professional treatment with your dentist is in order, because gum disease may be developing.
There are various approaches taken to either eliminate or manage gum disease. The treatment plan is based on factors like the stage of gum disease, and the severity of infection, irritation, or bone loss. The earlier treatment can begin, the less aggressive it needs to be. Ideally, we can begin with a non-invasive approach and perform root planing and scaling. In this procedure, which is performed with a local anesthetic, any tartar, plaque, and bacteria sticking to the surface of teeth, including the roots, are removed. If infection is present at this time, antibiotics may be used as well. Removing these substances from teeth eliminates infection and creates the kind of surface that gum tissue can readily adhere to, as it should.
The more advanced gum disease becomes, the more aggressive treatment needs to be. Allowing gum disease to go untreated can result not only in losing teeth and bone structure, but also in serious health conditions. By working with Dr. Vines in our Colton area practice, you can reduce your risk of advanced gum disease through prevention and early treatment.
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