Your gums are important parts of your mouth that protect your jawbones and help keep your teeth securely in place.
Regardless, taking care of them can be seen as an inconvenience. The brushing and flossing between each tooth can be a pain. Sometimes, your gums become irritated and bleed, taking away your motivation to properly care for them.
Healthy Gums = Healthy Mouth
Taking the time to properly care for your gums, however, results in a healthy mouth that will give you a healthy bite, teeth and overall oral health that will give you beautiful smile for years to come and freedom from jaw problems, crooked teeth, loose or missing teeth, headaches, tooth decay, tooth sensitivity, broken teeth, missing teeth, infected or decayed teeth, bad breath, dry mouth, heartburn, breathing disorders and oral cancer.
These various dental issues that affect the teeth, jaws and overall oral health all point back to how healthy the gums are. Issues with the gums can progress to cause these issues in other parts of the mouth.
The most common gum health issue is gum disease.
Gum disease (periodontal disease) is the infection of the gum tissue that lead to gum inflammation and loose teeth. If the infection progresses from gingivitis to periodititis, teeth can be lost.
Periodontal disease has two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is minor plaque buildup along the gums by the teeth. This stage of periodontal disease can and is easily treated. If treatment is ignored, gingivitis can escalate to the more serious periodititus. In this second stage of periodontal disease, the infection can spread to the tooth and jaw bone. If not treated, the jaw bone can get so severely damaged, it can no longer securely hold teeth in place.
Taking the time to daily care for your gums as well as your teeth can help prevent gingivitis and periodontitis.
What do patients who already have the early stages of gum disease do?
How Periodontal Disease is Treated
Fortunately, periodontal disease can be easily treated if caught early on. The two common methods of treating gum disease are scaling and root planing.
Scaling. The scaling procedure involves the removal of tartar, plaque and biofilm from the tooth surface and the area just below the gum line. Usually, manual hand instruments are used, though some dentists may use a combination of manual and electronic instruments.
Root Planing. Root planing involves the same tartar, plaque and biofilm as scaling, but is done to the surface of the tooth root below the gum line, to decrease the inflammation of the gum tissue.
Both procedures also smooth out rough areas to make it harder for future tartar and plaque build-up.
These two procedures are sometimes referred to as a professional deep cleaning.
Why a Deep Cleaning is Needed to Stop Gum Disease
Deep cleaning is often a part of the routine twice yearly teeth cleaning and examination. This regular professional cleaning plays an essential part in maintaining the health of your gums and will ensure a healthy mouth. Healthy, strong gums will bring you relief from:
- Strong gums aren’t as sensitive and prone to cuts and bleeding.
- Healthy gums accumulate less dangerous plaque than unhealthy ones.
- Gum recession. Gums that are taken care will not recede like unhealthy gums. Receding gums can cause pain, discomfort and increased sensitivity. It can also lead to tooth problems.
- Tighter “pockets” between the teeth and gums. The “pocket” between the gum and tooth are where the plaque that causes periodontal disease forms and grows if not treated. Healthier gums will be “hug” the tooth more securely, creating less space for plaque to accumulate.
Gum disease is nothing you want to deal with. If left untreated, it can lead to additional dental problems concerning your teeth, jaws and overall oral health.
Daily, at-home brushing and flossing accompanied with regular, twice-yearly professional deep cleaning are the best methods to prevent gum disease and keep it from progressing to something more severe.
The office of Dr. Stacey Godes takes the oral health of each patient seriously. We are a holistic dentistry that maintains patients’ oral health utilizing the most natural and safe methods and products available. You won’t find any dangerous chemicals or metal fillings here.
Contact us today to schedule a deep cleaning appointment and let us help you keep your beautiful, healthy smile.