Professional and At-home Periodontal Care

November 7, 2016 — by tbelnap
Tags: Gum Disease Gum Recession Restorative Dentistry General Dentistry

Treating the gumsHere at PQ Family Dentistry, we believe in prevention as much as we do cosmetic and restorative dental care. This approach to dentistry means that we help empower patients to have good dental health. It's one of the reasons that people throughout San Diego trust us for their advanced dentistry and dental treatment needs.

We'd like to focus on the gums in this post, since so many people take their periodontal health for granted.

Why the Health of Your Gums Matters

Many people put an emphasis on their teeth when it comes to matters of dental wellness. The fact of the matter is that the health of your gums is just as important to consider. When you have problems with periodontal health, it affects the appearance of your smile as well as your overall wellness.

Two common issues affecting periodontal health are gum disease and gum recession. Let's go over each individually.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease refers to the bacterial infection of the gum tissue. This is caused by the same bacteria responsible for tooth decay and bad breathe. When a person suffers from gum disease, this can lead to a number of serious periodontal health problems.

There are three stages of gum disease. In order from least severe to most severe, they are as follows:

  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis
  • Advanced periodontitis

The Dangers of Gum Disease

There are many dangers to gum disease, particularly in its later stages. Some of these dangers include the loss of gum tissue around a tooth (gum recession, which we will talk about in a bit), bleeding gums, loose teeth, spread of infection to the teeth and jawbone, and even tooth loss. Treating gum disease sooner rather than later is most ideal.

Treatments for Gum Disease

The most common treatments for gum disease tend to involve the use of antiseptic rinses and medications to help control the infection. Antibiotic medications may be considered for some patients as needed.

The Perils of Gum Recession

Gum recession occurs when the gum tissue peels away from the tooth, exposing more of its root structure. This can lead to increased issues with tooth sensitivity in addition to an unattractive smile. Teeth become more susceptible to decay and injury since they are not protected by the gums, meaning serious dental health problems are more likely.

Treatments for Gum Recession

When it comes to treating gum recession, the best option is gum grafting surgery. During gum grafting, donor soft tissue or artificial gum tissue is attached to the patient's gums in order to rebuild the gumline. This protects the tooth and improves overall dental health in the process. If the recession is the result of gum disease, the infection will need to be treated before grafting is performed.

Tips for Preventing Periodontal Disease and Gum Recession

Here are a few ways that periodontal disease and gum recession can be avoided:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Floss your teeth at least once a night
  • Be gentle when brushing and flossing
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Avoid the use of tobacco products

Contact PQ Family Dentistry

For more information about proper care of your gums, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The team at PQ Family Dentistry is here to help you smile with absolute confidence.