Don’t Let Gum Disease Ruin Your Smile
Are your gums sometimes sore or tender? Do you see a little blood in the sink after you’re done with brushing your teeth? This could very well be gum disease, a bad condition that can eventually cause you to lose your teeth.
That’s why you need to call our Roseville, CA dental office today at 916-945-9985 and make an appointment. Dr. Miller is highly skilled at gum disease treatments that can stop it from ruining your smile. But when it comes to gum disease, time is important.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is when harmful bacteria in your mouth begin to bother your gums. Those bacteria are the same that cause cavities, so sugar helps them spread and cause gum disease as well. The problem starts because these bacteria produce an acid. When the bacteria are on your gums, that acid begins to irritate and hurt your gum tissue.
Gum disease comes in two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis.
- With gingivitis, the bacteria are still on the surface of your gums. The acid they produce is damaging your gums, making them sore and tender. This also makes them easy to cut, which is why you can find blood after brushing or flossing.
- If gingivitis goes untreated, it advances to periodontitis. Here, the bacteria get inside and infect your gum tissue. At this point, your gum disease is permanent. You can treat the symptoms, but you cannot get rid of it.
Problems Caused By Gum Disease
Here are some of the problems you can face when you have untreated gum disease.
As the bacteria hurt your gums, some of the cells there start to die. That gives off a foul smell, giving you chronic bad breath or halitosis. Since the odor is coming from your gums, brushing or using mints won’t work.
As gum disease gets worse, the damaged gums start to pull away from your teeth. That can start to make them loose. Then gum disease begins to make your jawbone weaker where the teeth’s roots are found. With untreated gum disease, you can literally start to lose your teeth.
Gum disease is caused by bacteria. When it advances to periodontitis, those bacteria are inside your gums. This means they can slip into your bloodstream and get carried all over your body. Your immune system will fight it, causing problems with inflammation. Eventually, your immune system will miss some and you’ll have infections in other parts of your body.
Your gums are supposed to be a healthy pinkish color. But when you have gum disease, they begin to darken. Eventually, your gum can look dark red or even blackish.
Modern Gum Disease Treatments
Then how can you treat gum disease? At Advanced Dental Concepts, Dr. Miller has been trained in some modern, technologically advanced gum disease treatments to help you prevent gum disease from ruining your smile.
Scaling And Root Planing: This traditional, deep-cleaning treatment is great for fighting gingivitis. Our team will gently remove plaque and tartar from your gumline and below. This also removes some of those bacteria, helping your gums heal naturally.
Perio Protect: This system uses antibiotics delivered right at the gumline where bacteria are often causing a problem. This kills the bacteria and stops that acid from damaging your gum tissue.
LANAP: LANAP is a high-tech solution to gum disease. It uses a dental laser that gently removes the bacteria and the gum tissue they have infected. But it leaves your healthy gum tissue alone.
But the best way you can prevent getting gum disease in the first place is by taking care of your teeth. That means brushing twice each day, flossing each night, and visiting our Roseville, CA dental office every six months for dental cleanings and dental exams.
Call Advanced Dental Concepts today at 916-945-9985 or use our convenient online form to make your next appointment. Untreated gum disease can lead ruin your smile by darkening your gums and making your teeth fall out. Thankfully, Dr. Miller is here to provide gum disease treatments you need to stay healthy.