Gum disease may be the last thing on your mind this year. Nonetheless, once found, treating it is now a major priority. If neglected, it 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 pinkness on 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.
Gum Disease Types
Gingivitis is a common term for gum disease. It is a lesser kind of gum disease that precedes Periodontitis, which is more serious and can lead to a variety of health concerns.
So, what is the best way to cure it?
- If you feel you have it, the first step is to schedule an appointment with Heritage Dental or your local dentist. This will assist you in determining the severity of it 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 it, 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 gingivitis has progressed, surgical procedures such as:
- Dental Implants
- Periodontal Surgery
- Laser Gum Surgery
Remember that if you feel you have gingivitis, the first step is to have your mouth examined by a dentist. The earlier you begin treatment, the less advanced the disease will be visit Heritage Dental right now to get started on treating your gum disease