It is very important to us at Salt Lake Family Dental in Murray, Utah to help equip and educate our patients on how they can best care for their teeth with dental visits and at-home oral health care. When taking care of our teeth, it is important to clean them thoroughly but also clean and take care of the tissues that hold our teeth, our gums. It is possible due to lack of poor oral hygiene that our gums can become infected and even develop gum disease.
Periodontal disease or commonly known as gum disease starts with a gum infection called gingivitis. This is the most minor form of gum disease and happens when a patient allows plaque and tartar to build up along the gum line and harden. Brushing and flossing each day removes plaque before it hardens into tartar, tartar can only be removed by a dental professional.
The common signs of gingivitis are constant swelling and bleeding of the gums in a specific area over some time. Gingivitis is curable with the help of professional dental cleanings and consistent at-home oral care. If left alone, gingivitis can develop into the more serious stages of gum disease.
In the advanced stages, the infection of your gums causes recession of gums, sores, and even tooth loss. Not only does the periodontal disease affect our oral health, but it also increases the risks of other health problems including:
- Heart Disease
We encourage our patients to have regular cleanings and checkups twice a year to check for signs of developing gingivitis to stop it from progressing.
After you have advanced into the more serious forms of periodontal disease, there are treatment methods available to you to stop it from progressing further and causing serious damage.
Root Planing & Scaling: When receiving care for periodontal disease, the built-up tartar and plaque need to be removed to promote healing. Scaling involves using instruments made to remove hard debris, from above and below the gum line.
Once all build-up has been removed, we will do a process called root planing which involves smoothing tooth roots to help the healthy gum tissue attach.
Gum Grafts: If the gum has been infected beyond repair, the healthy gum tissue is removed and placed on the tooth root surface to promote healing.
If you believe that you could be suffering from gum disease or minor gingivitis please don’t wait. Give us a call at Salt Lake Family Dental in Murray, Utah. We encourage you to see us as soon as you can to prevent any infection from spreading.