Gum disease is caused by poor oral hygiene. Not brushing and flossing daily can cause plaque and debris to build up causing inflammation that can develop into a serious condition that can cause tooth loss and permanent damage. Making regular trips to the dentist for a cleaning as well as developing good hygiene habits can help prevent gum disease.
What is Gum Disease?
Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is a bacterial infection that occurs when teeth and gums aren’t properly cleaned and cared for. It causes a break down between your gums and the underlying tissue. This can lead to inflammation and eventually can cause tooth loss and other serious health complications.
Treating Gum Disease
When diagnosed early, gum disease is treatable and can be reversed. Dr. Connelly can assess how severe your gum disease is, and recommend the best course of treatment to restore your oral health. Some of these treatments include:
- Antibacterial Mouthwash: On top of your normal brushing and flossing routine, using antibacterial mouthwash daily can help prevent the bacteria that causes gum disease and help reverse mild cases.
- Root Planing and Scaling: Receiving a professional cleaning from your dentist allows them to clean the plaque and debris build from the pockets around your teeth.
- Brushing and Flossing Daily: Even after treatment from your dentist, it’s going to be up to you and your daily brushing and flossing habits to prevent and treat your gum disease. Brush twice a day for two minutes and floss once a day.
- Visit Your Dentist Biannually: One cleaning isn’t enough. To allow your dentist to monitor your gum disease, you can make sure you are healing and improving your oral health. For patients recovering from moderate to severe periodontitis, we may recommend coming in more frequently to help prevent reinfection.
In some more advanced cases treatment can include removing damaged tissue or surgery. Making regular visits to Dr. Connelly will make sure he can check for early warning signs of gum disease so that it doesn’t become an even bigger health issue.
Contact Your St. Johns Dentist Today
Gum disease is preventable and treatable. Don’t let it get worse before it gets better. Let Dr. Connelly and his team help make sure you are taking the right steps toward good oral health for life. Contact us today to schedule an appoint for a cleaning and exam to help catch signs of gum disease early.