November 17, 2016
Gum disease is actually the most common disease in the U.S, affecting about 65 million people.This is an amazing statistic considering how much you probably hear about heart disease and diabetes. The gums are so important that there is an entire field of study dedicated to them: periodontics. Dr. Donald Warner, your periodontist in Windham, wants you to know a little more about your gums so that you can understand them better, as well as how he can help you keep them healthy.
What Is Gum Disease?
Much of dentistry is concerned with keeping your teeth healthy, but the gums are just as important when it comes to your oral health. They do two very important things: One, they protect the sensitive enamel around your teeth’s roots, and two, they bring essential blood flow to the area. Just like your teeth, the buildup of plaque and bacteria can eventually lead to the breakdown of the gum tissue. This is what we call gum disease. Some common signs are:
- Red, swollen, or puffy gums
- Gums that bleed frequently
- Receding gums
- Pockets and bumps along the gum line.
These are all signs that your gums have become infected. Gum disease starts very subtly, but can eventually impact your mouth’s health dramatically. Gum disease is actually the leading cause of tooth loss in patients over 35.
Of course, whenever you start showing signs of gum disease, it needs to be treated quickly. The team at Lifetime Dental Health have various methods to provide you with effective gum disease therapy in Windham.
One set of procedures involves a deep cleaning of your teeth along the gum line, known as scaling and root planing. Scaling uses specialized tools to help break up and clean off the built up bacteria and plaque that is irritating your gums. Afterwards, root planing involves smoothing your roots’ rough surfaces so that it’s less likely bacteria can accumulate there in the future.
If your gum disease has become quite advanced, you may need a gum graft. This involves taking tissue, either your own or donated, from the roof of the mouth and applying it to the gum line where the tissue has been lost. Not only do gum grafts protect you from further infections, they can also help restore the natural look of your smile. The procedure can typically be done in one visit at our office, and recovery time is minimal.
Ideally, you’d be able to prevent gum disease altogether, and this is accomplished primarily with routine brushing and flossing. Be sure to clean along and even below the gum line at home. This will help stop most gum disease before it can start.
The gums actually have a lot to do with the look of your smile as well. Gummy smiles or “stubby” teeth are not very desirable, which is why we offer to correct them using gum contouring. Dr. Warner will use a soft tissue laser to painlessly shape your gums to give you a more balanced smile that you are proud to show everyone.
Want To Know More?
Gum disease has actually been linked to much more serious conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular issues, and even dementia. Dr. Warner and his team are more than capable of treating your gum disease before it can ever get to that point.
If you would like to know more about periodontics in Windham or what you can do to prevent gum disease, please give us a call today.
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