Caring for your smile begins with the foundation of your smile, your gum tissue. When your gums are unhealthy, they are not able to provide the rest of your maxillofacial structure with the stability necessary to stay healthy. Today, our Elmhurst dentists are sharing some information about gum disease. Let’s get started!
Why does gum disease develop?
The same harmful bacteria that infiltrate your teeth and cause cavities, can take root in your oral tissues and lead to periodontal disease. Bacteria use the sugars and refined carbohydrates that we consume as fuel to grow and multiply. As the bacteria in your mouth become stronger, your body has a more difficult time keeping the infection at bay.
How does gum disease manifest?
Once your oral tissues are infected you may notice a number of unwelcome changes to the way that your smile looks and feels. Your gum tissue may become swollen, red, and irritated. You will likely find that your gums bleed, especially when you floss and when you chew on tough or abrasive substances. Another, particularly unpleasant, symptom of periodontal disease is chronic, hard-to-treat bad breath.
If you notice any of these problems with your smile, it is vital that you reach out your dentist for treatment and support. Over time, periodontal disease can become more severe, and cause the connective tissues that hold your teeth in place to weaken.
How is gum disease treated?
There are a few key objectives when it comes to treating gum disease. Generally speaking, we want to minimize the number of bacteria in your mouth, while promoting your body’s natural healing process. We may recommend that you use specific tools or formulations to clean your smile at home, as well as complete regularly scheduled professional cleanings to keep plaque and tartar at bay.
Patients with advanced periodontal disease may benefit from gum grafts to build up diminished tissue and help your mouth heal.
Our Elmhurst gum disease dentists are here to answer any questions you may have, and to get you started on your way to a healthy smile. We look forward to speaking with you!