Gum disease may be the last thing on your mind this year. Nonetheless, once found, treating gum disease is now a major priority. If neglected, gum disease has a terrible habit of worsening, resulting in foul breath, gum recession, tooth loss, and even infecting the rest of the body. This is not a path anyone wants to take. “What are the best remedies for gum disease?” you may wonder. But first, you must understand what to look for when identifying whether or not you have gum disease and which type you have so that you can begin treatment.
Signs of Gum Disease
Gums That Bleed: If you detect a little blood in the sink when you spit or a pinkness to your toothbrush, this should be a warning sign that you have gum disease.
Gums that are red/swollen: Healthy Gums are pink and fit firmly around the teeth. You may have gum disease if your gums are red, even purple, and swollen.
Crooked teeth: Loose teeth may bring back childhood memories of finding a dollar beneath your pillow after losing a tooth. A loose tooth, on the other hand, is not a healthy indicator in an adult.
New Teeth Gaps: When gum disease takes hold, teeth begin to lose bone, and one of the first areas to be impacted is between the teeth.
Roots that are Exposed: Some people believe their teeth are growing longer, however, this is due to the gums receding and exposing the tooth’s base. Because the roots are not as robust as teeth, gentle brushing up and away from the root is required.
If you feel you have gum disease, the first step is to schedule an appointment with Heritage Dental or your local dentist. This will assist you in determining the severity of the gum disease and the best course of therapy to pursue.
In the days leading up to your checkup, you’ll want to halt any possible germs in their tracks so that no further damage is done.
While you wait for your appointment, get an over-the-counter antiseptic or therapeutic mouthwash to keep the bacteria away. Choose a mouthwash that isn’t only for freshening your breath because it won’t help your dental health.
If you do have gum disease, your dentist will advise you on non-surgical therapies such as:
At-Home Periodontal Tray
Scaling – Thorough cleaning of teeth to remove tartar
Root Planing- Smoothing the root surface to prevent tartar accumulation and to produce a healthy environment for gum reattachment.
If your gum disease has progressed, surgical procedures such as: