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Gum Disease Treatment: What You Need to Know

Gum disease is a very common dental health issue and when left untreated, it can lead to a lot of serious problems. If it is caught early and the right gum disease treatment is applied, it will not have a long term impact on your dental health. However, if you do not seek treatment right away, gum disease leads to a lot of pain and eventually, you may lose your teeth. Our expert team helps patients to understand the cause of their gum disease and provides a range of different treatments to prevent serious dental health issues in the future. If you are concerned about your gum health, book an appointment today and we will advise you on the best gum disease treatment for you.

A woman holding her cheek in pain because of gum disease.
Gum disease can cause pain or discomfort. A woman stands outside holding her cheek in discomfort.

Unfortunately, gum disease often goes undiagnosed because people do not know how to spot the signs and they don’t realize that there is an issue until the gum disease is already very developed, making it much harder to treat. This page has all of the information that you need to know so you can spot the early signs of gum disease and prevent it. It also outlines the different gum disease treatments that we can offer our patients.

What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of Gum Disease?

Knowing how to spot gum disease is very important if you want to stay on top of your dental health and there are a few key signs and symptoms you should watch out for.

Common Signs

Healthy gums should fit tightly around your teeth and have a pale pink color. Differences in the way that your gums look and feel are one of the more common signs of gum disease. Some of the most common signs of gum disease include:

  • Swollen or puffy gums.
  • Bright red or purple coloring on the gums.
  • Gums that pull away from the teeth.
  • Loose teeth or new gaps appearing between teeth.
  • Pus between teeth.
  • A change in the way that your bite feels.

Bleeding

These are all signs that the gums are inflamed and they are receding from the teeth. You should also look out for any signs of blood because diseased gums are very tender and prone to bleeding. If you notice a pinkish color on your toothbrush after brushing or you spit blood when you brush, that’s not a good sign. Bleeding when flossing is another common sign of gum disease as well.

Bad Breath

You may also notice that you have bad breath as a result of your gum disease because there is a buildup of bacteria in the mouth. There are other potential causes of bad breath but in many cases, it is down to gum disease.

If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s important that you get in touch and book an appointment with us right away so Dr. Michael Moulton can examine you and implement the right gum disease treatment before the problem gets worse.

What Are The Risks Of Untreated Gum Disease?

If you do not seek treatment for your gum disease, you increase your risk of a wide range of health issues that extend beyond dental health problems.

Receding Gums

Severe gum disease will cause the gums to recede so the teeth become looser and looser until, eventually, they may fall out altogether. Regardless of your age, gum disease can potentially cause permanent tooth loss.

Gut Health

There is also evidence to suggest that gum disease can have a big impact on your gut health. Having the right balance of bacteria in your gut is very important because the gut microbiome has a role to play in many bodily processes. When you have severe gum disease, the bad bacteria in your mouth travels into the gut and leads to many potential health issues.

Risk of Certain Forms of Cancer

There have even been studies that link gum disease to certain forms of cancer and it is believed that a buildup of bad bacteria in the mouth may increase your chances of developing cancer in later life.

Many people make the mistake of thinking that gum disease just causes painful gums and some bleeding while brushing, but if left untreated, the effects can be much worse. It will cause an imbalance of bacteria in the gut, which leads to a whole range of health issues, and it may even increase your risk of developing cancer. However, you can avoid all of these serious health problems if you book an appointment with Dr. Michael Moulton and receive gum disease treatment as soon as you notice an issue.

How Can We Reverse Gum Disease?

If you think that you may have gum disease, book an appointment with us and our expert team will assess the problem. There are a number of treatments that we can administer to reverse the effects of gum disease and improve your dental health.

Non-surgical Treatments

When gum disease is in the early stages, there are a number of non-surgical treatments that we can offer. Scaling will remove tartar and bacteria from the teeth to stop any further infections. Root planing is an effective method for smoothing the root surfaces and removing bacteria and tartar, allowing the gums to heal more effectively. If there is a serious infection present, we can also prescribe antibiotics to clear it up.

Surgical Treatments

In more advanced cases, these simple gum disease treatments may not work and we may need to use surgical methods. Pocket reduction surgery involves cutting the gum and peeling it back so the roots can be cleaned effectively. The gum will then be sutured back together to close pockets where bacteria can gather, making it easier to keep your gums clean and healthy. In cases where gum disease has caused the gums to recede a lot, soft tissue grafts taken from the roof of your mouth can repair the gums. If the bones around the root have been damaged by gum disease, a bone graft may be required to repair it.

Schedule an Appointment

We have an experienced and talented dental team in Lexington, SC, and Dr. Michael Moulton has extensive experience dealing with gum disease. When you book an appointment with us, we will carry out an examination and diagnose the issue before recommending a gum disease treatment.

How Can You Prevent Gum Disease?

Although we offer a wide range of gum disease treatments to reverse the effects of gum disease, it is vital that you prevent it wherever possible. A good oral hygiene routine is the best way to prevent gum disease, so make sure that you are brushing and flossing twice a day and using an antibacterial mouthwash. If you have any questions or concerns about your oral hygiene routine, our expert team can give you some guidance.

Get Regular Dental Checkups

As well as a good hygiene routine, you need to make sure that you have regular checkups with your dentist so we can identify any potential issues and deal with them before they develop into advanced stage gum disease.

If you are concerned about gum disease and you have noticed some of the symptoms, book an appointment with Dr. Micheal Moulton right away and our expert team will be able to offer advice and, if necessary, administer the right gum disease treatment so you can protect your dental health.