How to Address Gum Disease at Each Stage

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When it comes to your oral health, the state of your gums matters as much as the quality of your teeth. If you are suffering from gum disease, our team can provide customized treatment for each stage of your condition.

It’s best to prevent gum disease as much as possible by maintaining oral hygiene habits and using effective dental care products like a proper toothbrush, toothpaste, a dental floss tool that works for you, and mouthwash. You should also schedule dental exams and cleanings so that your dentist can help you maintain your healthy smile.

Gingivitis is an early stage gum disease that is caused by plaque buildup irritating your gums. You may have noticed that your gums looked swollen, red, or inflamed, feel sore, and bleed when flossed. You can often reverse early gum disease by taking proper care of your smile. This means brushing twice a day or more, flossing morning or night, and using an antibacterial mouthwash at the end. You can also eat a healthy diet full of foods that fight gum disease and plaque, such as apples, carrots, kale, spinach, yogurt and cheese.

If gum disease is allowed to advance, it can become periodontitis, which causes the gums to recede and form pockets around the teeth that attract plaque. Periodontitis can result in tooth and bone loss. Treatment for periodontitis can range from antibiotics and a deep cleaning of the gums and tooth roots to a form of gum surgery.

If you would like to speak with one of our specialists about how to treat gum disease, contact Periodontic & Implantology Associates at 248-851-1034 today to schedule your consultation. Our teams located in the Dearborn, Farmington Hlls, Wyandotte, and Milford, MI, areas will be happy to help you!