Living with gum disease can put a damper on your daily life, and leave your smile susceptible to further damage and infection. That is why our O’Fallon dentists strongly recommend that all patients seek timely treatment for gum disease, to minimize existing infections. Keep reading to learn more from our dental team!
Q: How do I know if I have gum disease?
A: It can actually be really difficult for patients to recognize gum disease on their own. This is because gum disease is often asymptomatic in its earliest stages. You may notice that your gum tissue is looking red or swollen, or that it is prone to bleeding. Many people with gum disease also suffer from chronic bad breath, due to the number of oral bacteria in their mouths. So, keep your eyes open for these issues, and complete your semi-annual professional cleanings so that your dental team can screen your smile for gum disease before it’s even producing symptoms.
Q: How do I treat gum disease?
A: The specific answer to this question will depend on the extent of the infection you’re battling. In general, however, our dental team will clear away entrenched plaque and tartar in order to refresh your smile. Getting rid of existing bacteria gives your immune system a chance to heal your compromised oral tissues. Many patients with gum disease need to complete professional cleanings more frequently than every six months; your dentist will let you know if this is right for you.
Additionally, our dental team will help you make a plan for caring for your smile at home. When you’re combating gum disease it may help to use specially-formulated mouth rinses or toothpastes, and/or precise dental tools like oral irrigators.
Gum disease doesn’t have to destroy your smile, our O’Fallon dentists provide the preventive and restorative treatments you need to stay well. Give us a call to learn more and to schedule a personal consultation!