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We Can Prevent Gum Disease in Sandy
Gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease, can be detrimental to your teeth and gums. It can form quite quickly without you even realizing it. Here at our dental office in Sandy, we understand what causes this condition and how to treat it. We can work with you to prevent gum disease by using our services as well as at-home care.
About gum disease
Some of the common questions that we hear in our Sandy office are about gum disease. Patients might have heard of it, but they do not know what causes it and what effects it brings. Many times, knowing the reason for something occurring can help in preventing it from becoming an issue.
What causes gum disease?
One thing to remember is that our mouths are full of bacteria, both good and bad. Because of the bacteria and other particles in the mouth, plaque forms alongside the teeth and gums. This initial clear coating is not harmful when brushed away. However, even after brushing and flossing, there can be small amounts left over. Once this plaque begins hardening, tartar starts to form.
Tartar is a calcified deposit that grows on teeth and causes decay. It can even grow below the gum line. The bacteria from this growth can cause an infection in the gums. Without treatment, your gums can deteriorate rapidly. The infection can spread to other parts of your body and even cause tooth loss.
Sadly, removing tartar is not possible with a toothbrush and floss. You will need a dentist and their tools to remove this buildup of calcium.
What are the signs that gum disease is forming?
There are quite a few symptoms that you can look for that could indicate that gum disease is forming. Some of these symptoms include:
- Constant bad breath that will not seem to be fixed by brushing, flossing and using mouthwash
- Gums that have become inflamed, red or swollen
- Gums that are tender and begin to bleed easily
- Chewing that has become painful
- A tooth or teeth that have become loose
- Gums that have begun to recede or teeth look longer with less coverage from the gums
If any of these issues are bothering you, periodontal disease could be the reason. The only thing to do is have a dentist look at your mouth.
How is gum disease treated?
Your dentist will determine the severity of the infection to choose the appropriate treatment method. A common treatment is root planing and scaling. These procedures remove tartar and bacteria to restore gum health. For serious cases of gum disease, you may need surgery.
Are your gums healthy?
At our Sandy dental office, our staff is trained on the latest ways to treat all oral health concerns. While we can treat issues like gum disease, we also work to prevent these problems in the first place. By working with our dentist, you can learn the best ways to care for your teeth and gums.
That said, preventative measures may be too late for some patients. If you noticed any of the symptoms of gum disease mentioned above, please call our office to schedule an appointment.
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