Gum disease is an extremely common dental issue in America. It has been estimated that nearly half of all American adults suffer from some form of gum disease. Many who have gum disease do not even realize it because the early stages of the disease are often subtle. If you notice blood when you brush or floss, puffy gums, or inflammation, Altamar Dental Studio today to schedule an appointment for periodontal care. Come visit us in our Naples office today!
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. It’s distinct from later stages of gum disease because gingivitis is reversible and does not cause permanent damage to your teeth or gums. With proper care and treatment from a dentist like Dr. Marquez, you can completely eliminate gingivitis and restore your mouth to optimal health. However, this is not the case with more advanced cases of gum disease. While the later stages of gum disease can be controlled to minimize damage to your smile, they cannot be completely eliminated or cured.
Gingivitis is characterized by a few common signs and symptoms, which you may be able to recognize on your own:
As gum disease worsens, its symptoms become more severe:
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, come see us in our Naples office as soon as you can.
Proper oral hygiene can completely prevent gum disease. If you are brushing 2-3 times a day for 2 minutes, and flossing at least once per day, this is the best way to eliminate the bacteria which cause gum disease. You should also see Dr. Marquez regularly for preventive care, such as six-month teeth cleanings to eliminate plaque and tartar buildup from your mouth.
Your initial treatment will usually be a “deep cleaning” which is also called a “scaling and root planing.” This treatment involves cleaning between your teeth and gums to remove plaque and tartar, and smoothing out the roots of your teeth where bacteria tend to form “pockets.” Usually, one half of your mouth will be cleaned at each appointment, and you’ll get antibiotics to help you eliminate further bacteria from your mouth. If this is not enough to eliminate the disease, you may need further treatment to clean the roots of your teeth and help eliminate the bacteria causing your gum disease. Dr. Marquez will discuss your options in detail during your consultation.