Gum Disease Seattle, WA
At Crown Hill Dental, we believe that patient education is the key to continued oral health. We know that the better you understand your mouth and the processes at work against your oral health, the better equipped you will be to fight them. Gum disease is an insidious and damaging disease that can sneak up on you without you even realizing it. So, what is gum disease?
Gum disease is essentially an infection of the gums caused by poor oral health conditions. Gum disease has two stages – the early stage known as gingivitis, and the late stage known as periodontitis (periodontal disease). The good news about gum disease is if we catch it in the early stages we are many times successful in reversing the problem and returning your mouth to it’s normal, healthy state.
GingivitisGingivitis is a condition in which the gum tissue is chronically inflamed (swollen and bleeds easily) usually due to the presence of plaque on the teeth that is not removed on a daily basis with brushing and flossing. A thorough teeth cleaning and oral hygiene instruction paired with improved brushing and flossing usually resolves this condition.
As mentioned above, gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease, and if caught early enough, we can advise you on how best to remedy the issue. The best way to fight gingivitis is through a vigorous oral health routine. This means brushing after breakfast and before bed, and making sure to floss at least once a day. It helps to rinse your mouth out with water after any snacks or meals. By rinsing you are able to wash away many of the food particles and bacteria that cause plaque and tartar.
Making sure to come in to see us at least twice a year for a cleaning and an examination is also an essential part of staying ahead of gingivitis.
Periodontal Disease: Deep CleaningPeriodontal disease involves chronic inflammation of the gum tissue and consequent loss of bone around the teeth. In severe cases, teeth become loose and may be lost. Treatment includes a deep cleaning and oral hygiene instruction, followed by maintenance cleanings every 3-4 months. Unfortunately there is no way to reverse the damage done by this condition, but prudent adherence to a periodontal maintenance plan can slow and in some cases stop the progression of the disease.
By the time periodontal disease has a grip on your mouth, it can be an uphill battle to fight. It is therefore important that you come in to see us twice a year, so that we can make you aware of the beginning stages of gum disease while they are still reversible.
If tooth or bone loss has occurred in the jaw as a result of periodontal disease, it may become necessary to have a bone graft placed in order to offer conditions that will allow tooth replacement.
Please call our office today at (206) 204-9623 to schedule your appointment. We are serious about your continued oral health and look forward to seeing your smile!