Gum Disease Awareness Month: Symptoms, Treatments, and Tips

February is known for a few things: Valentine’s day, Pisces, and having only 29 days. However, February is also gum disease awareness month! If you’re unfamiliar with gum disease, don’t fret- that’s why we’re raising awareness. Each year, clinics and dental offices around the globe come together to fight against gum disease- aka periodontitis. At Paso Robles Dental Care, we do our part by offering the best gum disease treatment here in Paso Robles


What is Gum Disease? 

Gum disease- also known as periodontitis- is a severe gum infection. Over time, gum disease destroys the soft tissue and bone support, which leads to swelling, bleeding, and tooth loss. A common cause of gum disease is built-up plaque and poor oral hygiene. You can prevent plaque buildup with healthy oral habits and regular dental checkups.


Symptoms of Gum Disease: 

Gum disease has a wide range of symptoms. Some signs of gum disease may seem invisible, minor, or unnoticeable. Other times, it displays itself like a row of fireworks. Either way, symptoms include: 

  • Bleeding Gums. It may be gum disease if your gums are bleeding without an apparent cause. The sooner we diagnose and treat the infection, the better. 
  • Loose Teeth. Deterioration of the soft tissue surrounding teeth may loosen the tooth. Contact us immediately if your teeth start to lose without an apparent reason. 
  • Bad Breath. There are a lot of potential suspects for bad breath. Keep this in mind, however, as it may appear with other symptoms. 
  • Gum Recession. Gums pulling away from your teeth may be a result of periodontitis. 
  • Pain When Chewing. Notice pain or soreness when chewing? Your gums may be infected. 
  • Pus at the Gumline. Pus is a surefire sign of infection. Don’t stall; call. Let us know as soon as possible. 


Treatments for Gum Disease:

There are a few ways- both surgical and nonsurgical- to treat gum disease.

  • Scaling. Less invasive procedures, such as scaling, offer an answer for underdeveloped periodontitis. Scaling removes tartar and bacteria from tooth surfaces and gums. 
  • Root Planing. We smooth the root surfaces, which discourages further buildup of tartar and bacteria. We also remove bacterial residue that contributes to inflammation. 
  • Antibiotics. Topical and oral antibiotics can keep bacterial infections to a minimum. Mouth rinses and gels can assist in the healing process. 
  • Flap Surgery. Flap surgery is how it sounds. We lift areas of the gum tissue surrounding the infected area, so we can directly treat the infection.
  • Bone Grafting. If periodontitis has destroyed the bone, a bone graft may be necessary. The deteriorated bone is replaced and serves as a platform for regrowth and regeneration. We may use fragments of another bone or use synthetic or donated bone. 


Tips for Healthy Gums:

It’s easier to keep your gums healthy than deal with the aftermath of an infection! While simple, consistency is vital. Don’t let your discipline slip, and stay sharp. Begin your crusade against gum disease with regular brushing and flossing. Focus on cleaning the areas near the gum line, where gum disease often originates. Go the extra mile with mouthwash, and visit us twice a year for a biannual checkup. We’ll review your progress and keep tabs on any suspicious infections. 


Gum Disease Treatment in Paso Robles

Unfortunately, gum disease is becoming more frequent. While adopting an “I-can’t-see-you-so- you-can’t-see-me” mentality might seem OK initially, don’t be fooled. Gum disease affects nearly half of all adults aged 30 years or older. Unless we respond to this critical threat with sharp thinking and deep dedication, we may be swept away by a sea of periodontitis and sad smiles.

Thankfully, you’re not alone. Qualified dentists, such as Dr. Von Joseph Holbrook, are armed with the tools and expertise to keep your gums a safe and happy place. At Paso Robles Dental Care, we analyze every situation to provide personalized, extensive care. We are proud to offer you a safe refuge where your teeth, gums, and oral health can come for a health boost anytime. 

Schedule an appointment today to get started.

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