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Gum Disease: Setting The Record Straight

  • January 26, 2017

Gum Disease: Setting The Record Straight

Are your gums sometimes swollen or a bit tender? Do brushing and flossing sometimes leave a little blood in the sink? Call Community Shores Dental today at 231-366-4182 and make an appointment for gum disease treatment.

If ignored for too long, gum disease can cause major problems with your teeth and gums. Thankfully, our dentists have the right mix of advanced training and practical experience with gum disease treatment. Together, we can make sure your smile stays healthy.

Gum Disease Signs And Problems

What causes gum disease? The single biggest cause is the same one for tooth decay: bad dental hygiene

Harmful bacteria in your mouth survive on tiny food particles left behind after you eat or drink. As these bacteria spread, they give off an acid. When this happens on your teeth, it erodes the enamel and creates cavities.

When this happens on your gums, the acid damages the gum tissues and creates gum disease. Signs of gum disease include the following:

  • Gums turning dark
  • Swollen gums
  • Tender gums
  • Bleeding after you brush or floss
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Loose teeth

Gum disease starts out simple and not very annoying. You can have some tender gums, or you could see some blood in the sink after brushing. That’s why many people are tempted to ignore the signs. If it’s not hurting, how bad can it be?

Untreated gum disease can make your teeth fall out. The disease causes your gums to pull away from your teeth. It also causes deterioration in your jawbone.

That’s why you need to call our Norton Shores, MI dental office today for gum disease treatment. Dr. Sortman and Dr. Gies are both expertly trained to identify and fight gum disease. But the longer you wait to call us, the harder it is to remove the bacteria.

The Truth About Gum Disease

Unlike cavities, gum disease is not well known. That has led to many myths and misunderstandings about this dental condition. Here are some of the truths you should know.

– The Advanced Stage Of Gum Disease Is Permanent

Gingivitis is the start of gum disease. Here, the bacteria are damaging the gum tissues but have not infected it yet. At this stage, Dr. Sortman or Dr. Gies can help get rid of it. If you wait too long for gum disease treatment, the bacteria will infect those tissues. This stage of gum disease is permanent.

That’s why it’s important to call us at 231-366-4182 and schedule an appointment. If you call us in time, our team can help prevent gum disease from becoming a permanent part of your mouth.

– Halitosis Is Often (But Not Always) A Sign You Have Gum Disease

As the gum tissue gets damaged by bacteria, cells begin to die off. That’s why chronic bad breath (halitosis) is a sign of gum disease. However, there are other causes of halitosis. Sometimes, your diet can give you bad breath. Dry mouth is another reason.

By making an appointment with our highly trained dentists, you can determine whether your bad breath is from gum disease or something else. If it is gum disease, our dentists are experienced in helping people get rid of it.

– You Are Not Likely Cutting Your Gums By Brushing

Some people explain away that blood in the sink by thinking they brushed too hard. This is very unlikely. Take your toothbrush and scrub the back of your hand. Did you cut open your skin? If you’re seeing any blood after cleaning your teeth, you’re probably facing gum disease.

Gum Disease Treatments At Community Shores Dental

At our Norton Shores, MI dental office, you can get three gum disease treatments.

– Scaling And Root Planing

This deep cleaning treatment gets rid of plaque, tartar, and bacteria around or below your gumline. This can often help your gums heal and return to normal.

– Laser Therapy

Because our dentists stay current in their field, you can also get laser therapy. Here, a special dental laser will remove infected gum tissue but leave the healthy tissue alone.

– Gum grafts

If your gums have receded, a soft tissue graft can help. Our dentists carefully move tissue from another part of your mouth and use it to make your gumline move back to where it should be.

Call us TODAY at 231-366-4182 or use our convenient online form to make an appointment for gum disease treatment before things get worse.

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