Although many people think dentists only focus on teeth, this could not be further from the truth. We keep a close eye on your gums, tongue, and mouth in general. In fact, caring for your gums is one of the most important things dentists do, because gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults!
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease has two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis. In most cases, gum disease is preventable, and can be treated if spotted early. If you notice that your gums appear inflamed, are bright red, or are especially tender, this can all be warning signs of gingivitis. Other symptoms of gingivitis include bad breath, receding gums, and bleeding.
What Causes Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is often the result of poor oral hygiene. When bacteria in your mouth build up, they form a sticky film called plaque. Without proper care, plaque can harden into tartar. Tartar irritates gums and can cause them to swell or to recede from your teeth. Only a dental professional can remove tartar. Additionally, you can cause your gums to begin receding by brushing too vigorously.
How Do We Treat Gingivitis?
How we treat gingivitis at North Tonawanda Family Dentistry depends on the severity of the issue. Usually, we will deep clean your teeth and use a process called scaling to remove tartar from your teeth. If the gingivitis is severe, Dr. Clauser may use a procedure called root planning to help your gums reattach to your teeth.
You can take steps to prevent gingivitis at home by practicing a good oral hygiene routine. Brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time, floss every day, and visit our office regularly for cleanings and exams. To ask our team any questions or to schedule your next visit, contact our office today.