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When was the last time you visited our Lancaster, CA dentists Dr. Vladimir Dontsov and Dr. Anuj Patel for a routine checkup? If you aren’t coming in twice a year for preventive dentistry then you probably won’t know whether or not your gums are healthy. Gum disease affects as many as 50 percent of American adults over 30 and even children can develop gum disease. Gum disease doesn’t just affect the health of your gums; it is also the leading cause of tooth loss.
Gum Disease is a “Silent Killer”
Unfortunately, you may have gum disease and not even know it (this is why these routine visits every six months are crucial for patients of all ages). We know that sounds scary, but it’s also important to know that as long as you continue to come in for preventive care we can catch gum disease during its earliest stages when it can either be reversed or easily treated.
Of course, sometimes gum disease can present with symptoms and it’s important to understand what symptoms warrant a trip to see our Lancaster, CA, general dentists. These symptoms of gum disease include:
- Bleeding gums, particularly when brushing or flossing
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Receding gums (teeth will appear longer than usual)
- Persistent bad breath
- Loose teeth
Usually, by the time many of these symptoms appear gum disease is rather advanced. At the first signs of puffy, red or bleeding gums, it’s a good idea to call our dentist and find out whether you should come in for an evaluation.
Treating Gum Disease
You’ll be happy to hear that we can improve the health of your gums while also preventing tooth loss and other complications if you come in right away for treatment.
The earliest stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis, which can be reversed by providing you with the proper antibacterial toothpaste and mouthwash, as well as making sure you are maintaining good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing properly). You will also come in for more regular dental cleanings to remove plaque and tartar buildup.
The most effective treatment option for managing gum disease is root and scaling planing. Simply put, this is a professional deep cleaning performed by our dentist. During this deep cleaning, we will remove plaque and tartar not just from the teeth and gums but also under the gums and the tooth roots, as well.
Those dealing with advanced stages of gum disease may require surgery in order to remove the bacteria and to repair damaged bone. If you’ve had extensive gum recession or bone loss then bone grafting or gum grafts may be required.
As our name suggests, Dentist 4 Uninsured is dedicated to providing quality and affordable dental care to families living in Lancaster, CA. Everyone deserves proper dental care, regardless of finances. If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease the sooner you seek care the better. Call our office today.
Gum disease is something most people don't--or don't want to--think about. Yet, it threatens oral and systemic health. General dentists, Dr. Vladimir Dontsov and Dr. Anuj Patel, at Dentist 4 Uninsured in Lancaster, CA, urge their patients to know the signs of gum disease, its preventive measures and effective treatments. After all, no smile is complete without healthy gums.
What is gum disease?
Also called periodontitis or periodontal disease, this oral health condition is an infection of the gums, or gingiva, which support and surround your teeth. Causing gum and bone deterioration, tooth mobility and tooth loss, periodontal disease affects people of all ages and lifestyles. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control states that almost 50 percent of Americans have some form of the malady--from mild gingivitis to destructive periodontitis.
Caused by the build-up of bacteria-filled soft plaque and hard tartar, gum disease is often hidden or simply goes undetected by patients. General dentists, Dr. Dontsov and Dr. Patel, and their team recognize the signs and symptoms on oral examination at Dentist 4 Uninsured in Lancaster, CA. Plus, they offer effective treatments to avoid tooth loss and maintain good oral health.
Signs of periodontal disease
There are many. Gingivitis usually expresses as bleeding gums. In other words, you see some blood in the bathroom sink when you brush your teeth. Some mild sore spots and puffiness may accompany the bleeding.
As gingivitis progresses to periodontitis, you and your dentist will notice:
- Receding gums, or a "long tooth" appearance
- Gingival swelling
- Gums pulling away from the teeth
- Gum pockets measuring deeper than three millimeters (the hygienist measure pockets with a small metal probe)
- Lingering bad breath, or halitosis
- Pus at the gum line, indicating an abscess
- Changes in tooth position and bite
- Dental and gingival sensitivity
- Exposed roots
Treating gum disease
In its earliest stages, gum disease responds well to routine twice a day brushing and once a day flossing. Your dentist may advise special anti-plaque mouth rinses, too. For more advanced cases, you may undergo a deep cleaning (tooth scaling) and root planing to manually remove tartar and plaque from below the gum line. This procedure often includes the use of antibiotics and special ultrasonic scalers.
We all can improve on how well we care for our gums and teeth. When you come to Dentist 4 Uninsured for your six-month check-up and cleaning, ask your dentist and hygienist for your best way to keep your gums healthy. Call the office today to schedule your appointment: (661) 726-1010.