Gum disease is not a problem you should take lightly, as it can destroy your oral health, and may be able to affect the rest of your body’s health. It is caused by oral bacteria that may build up along your gum line, especially if you do not maintain your oral hygiene properly. However, there are things we can do to help you prevent gum disease or to treat it when it does occur, so if you experience any of the symptoms, schedule an appointment with us immediately.
Risk Factors for Developing Gum Disease
Certain conditions or factors could make you more likely to develop gum disease, including:
- Genetics—Unfortunately, genetic factors may impact your chances of developing the disease.
- Old age
- Using tobacco or drugs
- Poor oral hygiene
- Weak immune system—For example, if you have HIV or are undergoing chemotherapy, you may be at greater risk for the problem.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Fortunately, the disease is generally preceded by gingivitis, which can cause swollen, red, or bleeding gums (when you brush or floss). If your gums bleed when you brush, you should let us know at your regular dental check-up so we can check for signs of the disease, which may also cause:
- A receding gum line
- Loose teeth
- Pockets in your gums—Your gums might pull away from your teeth, and bacteria can enter the pockets.
- Bad breath
How We Can Treat the Infection
You may be able to prevent disease by following appropriate dental guidelines, such as brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once, and attending your regular check-up. If you do develop an infection in your gums, we can perform a deep cleaning of your teeth and gums that removes plaque that is below your gum line, where you cannot reach with a toothbrush. We may advise you to try an antibiotic mouthrinse or other type of treatment in addition to the cleaning.
ABOUT YOUR NORTH RICHLAND HILLS FAMILY DENTIST:
With over 25 years of professional experience, Dr. Steven M. Huffstutler and his caring team proudly provide exceptional preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dental treatment to patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth, including North Richland Hills, Denton, the Mid-cities, Southlake, and all surrounding communities. We also have extensive experience helping patients find relief from painful TMJ disorders (various forms of jaw dysfunction). To schedule an appointment with Dr. Huffstutler, contact our office today by calling 817-918-3038.