Gum disease is often the result of poor or insufficient oral hygiene, which leads to the gums becoming sore, red and swollen. In the early stages of the condition (gingivitis) treatment options are much more likely to have fast acting results. Proper brushing and flossing combined with fluoridated toothpastes, mouthwash and general dentistry can reverse the effects of early stage gum disease. The important thing is that you do not allow gum disease to progress when home treatments are not working.
To prevent gum disease from becoming a major issue for your oral health, it is best to contact Sycamore Hills Dentistry to arrange a checkup. We conduct a full exam to determine how far the gum disease has progressed, and then provide you with a treatment plan to combat the condition. You may also need to take a course of antibiotics to fight the gum disease if infection is serious. You may also be educated on a number of recommended cleaning and flossing methods to prevent further infection in the future.
Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease
If your gums become sore or bleed after brushing, there is a good chance that you have gingivitis. Some sufferers of gum disease will also notice that the gums are swollen or receding, which can cause extreme discomfort as well as exposing the roots of the teeth and the supporting bone structure. Left untreated, you run the risk of one or more teeth becoming loose or being exposed to decay.
As soon as you recognize any of the symptoms of gum disease, it is best to have a checkup to prevent the disease becoming significantly more problematic. Sycamore Hills Dentistry has an excellent team who can both treat your gum disease and educate on best practices for ensuring it does not return. If you think that you or a family member has gum disease, contact our office today for advice or to arrange a checkup.