Many people express no alarm when their gums bleed after they have brushed their teeth, but they should. Bleeding is caused by bacteria; if it is not dealt with as a matter of urgency it can only get worse. If left untreated, the bacteria that are the cause can effectively destroy tissue that supports your teeth and even cause degeneration of the jaw bone. If nothing is done, if periodontal treatment in Glenview is not sought, the teeth can eventually loosen and simply fall out.
What causes gum disease?
A mouth harbors a great deal of bacteria, along with mucus and debris, it forms a colorless sticky substance on the teeth surface; this substance is called plaque. Regular brushing and flossing can help eliminate plaque but not all of it. There are areas that are difficult to reach and over time the plaque hardens. This material is tartar; it can only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist during a professional cleaning.
The signs of gum disease:
There are a number of tell-tale signs that you may have gum disease, including:
* Halitosis that will not go away
* Red, swollen gums that is tender to the touch
* Receding gums and loose teeth
Treating gum disease:
The main goal of periodontal treatment in Glenview is infection control. The type of treatment and the number of treatments depends on a great extent to the extent of the problem. Regardless of what will be done by the periodontist, it is extremely important that excellent oral care be practiced at home. The periodontist may suggest certain changes in lifestyle as well; quitting smoking for example is an excellent way to improve the outcome of any treatment that you get.
With proper brushing and flossing and regular checkups you can eliminate the root cause of periodontal disease.
Brushing and flossing at home and regular periodontal treatment in Glenview can keep you free from gum disease. You are invited to make an appointment with the periodontist at Dental Specialists of North Shore. Like us on our facebook page.