Early Treatment of Gum Disease

Melrose Gum Disease

Maintaining good oral health is essential for a beautiful smile and overall well-being. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Detecting and treating it in its early stages can significantly improve your chances of reversing damage. In today’s blog, your Vista, CA, dentist discusses how to recognize the early signs of periodontal disease, how to treat it, and how to best prevent it.

The Warning Signs

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums are often the first signs of gum disease. Healthy gums should appear pale pink and should not bleed during brushing or flossing. If you notice any blood in the sink, it most likely means early-stage periodontal issues.
  • Persistent bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be a sign of it, as well. Bacteria residing in the gums can release foul-smelling gases, causing unpleasant breath.
  • If the disease is allowed to progress, the gum line may start to recede, making the teeth appear longer. If you notice that your teeth are longer than before, it could be a sign of gum recession and underlying gum disease.
  • Teeth that are overly sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, as well as sweet or acidic foods, may indicate perio issues. Gum recession exposes the tooth roots, which are more sensitive than the protected enamel.
  • As gum disease advances, it can damage the underlying bone, causing the teeth to feel loose or move out of their normal position.

How To Treat Gum Disease

If you’ve noticed any bleeding of the gums, it’s crucial to schedule a check-up as soon as possible. The hygienist or dentist will perform a comprehensive periodontal evaluation where they measure the pockets around your teeth. If we find that they are infected, you will need a deep cleaning to halt the disease process. This therapy is also called scaling and root planing. The dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar buildup both on the tooth surface and below the gum line. In some cases, antibiotics may be prescribed to combat bacterial infections associated with gum disease. In more advanced cases, surgical procedures like gum grafting, bone grafting, or flap surgery may be necessary to restore and repair the affected gum and bone tissues.

Prevention Is Vital

Prevention is key to avoiding infection. Maintaining good oral hygiene and remembering to floss between the teeth must be consistent to control tartar and bacteria. Schedule regular check-ups and professional cleanings to catch any signs of gum disease early on. We will provide personalized recommendations based on your medical history and what we see.

Lifestyle factors also matter. Eating a nutritious diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains supports oral health and boosts the immune system. Quitting or avoiding tobacco altogether can significantly improve your ability to heal and manage your health. Practice stress management techniques, such as exercise, meditation, or hobbies, to reduce stress levels. Chronic stress will increase inflammatory processes in the body including the gum tissues.

Schedule Your Check-Up and Cleaning Today

Early detection and prompt treatment are vital for combating this inflammatory disease effectively. By recognizing the signs early, seeking appropriate treatment, and adopting preventive measures, you can maintain good oral health and reduce the risk of permanent damage. If you’d like to maintain optimal oral health, please contact Melrose Dental Arts in Vista, CA at (760)724-9117!