Inadequate brushing and flossing can cause plaque formation (a sticky film that forms on teeth and hardens if not removed), which eventually leads to the development of gum disease.
Gum disease (also called periodontal disease) is an infection that attacks the soft tissue that holds our teeth in place. Our trained team at Newburyport Family Dental suggests getting regular exams to identify the signs early.
The initial phase of gum disease is called ‘gingivitis.’ At this stage, it’s possible to reverse the symptoms with proper cleaning and treatment. Gingivitis involves the inflammation of gums, while periodontitis is a more advanced form of gingivitis. It involves inflammation of the periodontal ligaments or the tissue that anchors the teeth into the jaw bone.
Our dentist in Newburyport, MA, explains that symptoms may be hard to ignore as the condition worsens. The initial signs are minor and include redness, soreness, tender or swollen gums. More advanced symptoms could include receding gums that make your teeth look longer, exposed tooth roots, loosening teeth, and extreme sensitivity to hot and cold foods.
Once the gum disease is identified in the early stages, it can be reversed even by improving oral hygiene. Brush for longer and use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brush gently near the gum line and remember to floss once a day.
We can also recommend reliable inter-dental brushes or water flossers for those who don’t prefer traditional floss. After evaluating your gums, our dentist may suggest using an antibiotic cream or gel on your gums daily to reduce soreness. Our hygienist will perform a deep cleaning to clean out gum pockets and restore oral health. Other non-surgical treatments include scaling and root planing as well as laser therapy.
For any assistance regarding gum disease, please feel free to contact Newburyport Family Dental for non-surgical gum disease therapy near you.