Gum Treatment in Morton Grove, IL
Periodontal Disease Therapy
Gum Disease Treatment
What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is the most common and mild form of a Gum Disease that affects the gums. It causes inflammation of the gums characterized by irritation, redness and swelling. As a result of it being mild, one may not even know that they have the condition. It is important, to take the disease seriously and manage it promptly. It is also able to lead to a more serious gum disease (Periodontitis) and eventually promote loss of teeth. The most common cause of gingivitis is poor dental care and Oral hygiene. Good oral health habits such as brushing the teeth at least twice a day, flossing regularly/daily, and going for dental checkups will help prevent the development of gingivitis.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums and the bone supporting the teeth, which gradually destroy the support of your natural teeth. There are numerous disease entities requiring different treatment approaches. Dental plaque is the primary cause of gum disease in genetically susceptible individuals. Daily brushing and flossing will prevent most periodontal conditions.
Why is oral hygiene so important?
Adults over 35 lose more teeth to gum diseases, (periodontal disease) than from cavities. Three out of four adults are affected at some time in their life. The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal disease is by good tooth brushing and flossing techniques, performed daily.
Periodontal disease and decay are both caused by bacterial plaque. Plaque is a colorless film, which sticks to your teeth at the gum line. Plaque constantly forms on your teeth. By thorough daily brushing and flossing you can remove these germs and help prevent periodontal disease.
Periodontal diseases can be accelerated by a number of different factors. However, it is mainly caused by the bacteria found in dental plaque, a sticky colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. If not carefully removed by daily brushing and flossing, plaque hardens into a rough, porous substance known as calculus (or tartar).
Other important factors affecting the health of your gums include:
- Clenching and grinding teeth
- Poor nutrition
Bacteria found in plaque produces toxins or poisons that irritate the gums, which may cause them to turn red, swell and bleed easily. If this irritation is prolonged, the gums separate from the teeth, causing pockets (spaces) to form. As periodontal diseases progress, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate. If left untreated, this leads to tooth loss.
Preventing Gum Disease
The best way to prevent gum disease is effective daily brushing and flossing as well as regular professional examinations and cleanings. Unfortunately, even with the most diligent home dental care, people still can develop some form of periodontal disease. Once this disease starts, professional intervention is necessary to prevent its progress.
Learn more about periodontal maintenance through our ADA Patient Education library.